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Episode 255 — Death Penalty


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#1 July Diaz

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 08:54 PM

Chris Thayer & Andrew talk about whether people who believe in the death penalty are racist. Make sure to leave us a message about anything you think is racist at (323) 389-RACE.

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 01:29 PM

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 12:30 AM

Speaking as someone who is anti-death penalty, I don't think it's any more racist than the rest of the justice system. Of course it's very racist--I'm just saying, I don't think taking out the death penalty would make the system much less racist overall. You'd just have more minorities locked up for life instead of on death row. So I think you can be pro death penalty with the qualification that it needs to be carried out better.

In practice, though, people who are pro death penalty almost always are very racist. I think it's because they also tend to be very gung ho about the justice system, and eager to lock people up, in general. That's the real problem. So again, pro death penalty people aren't necessarily racist, but the vast majority are.