Is the Death Penalty in America Racist?

By David Gilboa.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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I report the results of my examination of three allegations of racial discrimination in murder trials in the U.S. The first allegation is that African-American defendants are, because of racial prejudices against them, sentenced to death in a significantly higher rate than members of other racial groups. The second allegation is that no matter his or her racial group, a defendant is sentenced to death in a statistically higher rate if the victim of the murder was a white person, since the legal system undervalues the lives of African Americans. The third allegation is that African Americans charged with murdering white persons face, because of racial bias against them, the highest risk of receiving the death penalty, compared with other offender/victim racial combinations.

Keywords: Trial, Death Sentence, Murder, African American, Racial Bias, Discrimination

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 7, pp.163-174. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 633.680KB).

Dr. David Gilboa

Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy, Silver Lake College, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, USA

Dr. David Gilboa earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

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