This is very easy to prove. Males make up about 50% of the American population but make up about 99% of those executed. Is the American justice system wildly anti-male?
Of course, not.The statistic that matters in assessing bias in executions is the proportion of murderers of a given group that is executed, not the group’s proportion of the entire population.
And, here, it is clear that blacks are actually under-represented in executions.
According to the Death Penalty Information Center, an anti-death penalty organization, between 1976 and January 2012, 441 blacks (35% of the total) and 717 whites (55% of the total) were executed. Given that blacks committed more than half the murders during that time (52% vs. 46% by whites), if we are to assess racial bias based on proportionality of murderers executed, the system is biased against whites, not blacks.
Because this fact is both obvious and irrefutable, virtually none of the anti-death penalty sites note it. Instead they focus on the race of murder victims and even the race of prosecutors – in other words, the race of just about everyone except those convicted of murder.
It was bad enough for America and for moral clarity when Ron Paul’s views on American imperialism and systemic racism were confined to the Left. That about twenty percent of Republicans believe such things about America makes one anxious about the future of this country, not to mention about the eternal battle against evil.
Dennis Prager is a SRN radio show host, contributing columnist for Townhall.com and author of his newest book, “The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code.”