Pants-of-dog wrote:The death penalty is an absurdity because the race of the victim and defendant are more important in determining if the death penalty will be used than the actual facts of the crime.
No it doesn't. This is a failure to understand the most basic science. in particular correlation is not causation and the Bell Curve
. Relativity small difference in the mean can produce very large differences in the tails. So for what ever reason American Blacks have significantly higher levels of criminality and violence than White Americans. This means that proportionately Black people and in particular Black men commit more murders. But the death penalty is only applied to the "worst" murders. Hence (if we're half way intelligent and half way educated) due to the Bell Curve
we should expect the proportion of Black death row inmates to be significantly higher even than their proportion amongst murderers.
Ok, Ok I realise I m debating with lefties who confuse education with Cultural Marxist indoctrination. So that's probably a bit too abstract for you. Look at women. Men are far more likely to commit murder than women. In the same way when we say an American Muslim is far more likely to have committed murder than an American Infidel, doesn't mean that the majority of American Muslims are murderers, this doesn't mean that the majority of men are murderers. What it does mean is that although something like 15% of murderers are women, only about 2% of death row inmates are women. This doesn't mean we live in a man hating society. This doesn't mean we need to start a "Male lives matter" campaign.