Saturday, January 14, 2006

the death penalty in black and white

Stanley "Tookie" Willaims, who was convicted of multiple murders, was executed last month. Seventy-six-year-old Clarence Ray Allen, a Choctaw indian who was convicted for orchestrating four murders, three of which he ordered while in prison, will be executed on Monday, January 16. The wheelchair-bound, blind, and nearly deaf deathrow inmate hasn't received nearly half the attention that Williams received. Why not?

This article argues that it's a matter of race.

What do you think?


At 9:25 AM, Blogger fabumisskbw said...

As an African-American woman I do feel that a disproportionate number of Blacks are executed. However, I do think this article has a point. Clarence Ray Allen is so old and feeble if California doesn't pull the switch he's going to die in jail anyway.

The death penality is wrong simply because of its absoluteness. When dealing with people's lives there is no room for error.


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