The issue of racism and the death penalty could have been dated back to when humans first walked on the Earth. Prejudices against a certain group of people vary from religion to race. In World War II, Jewish people were discriminated against by the Nazis while in the American Civil War there was the issue of if African Americans should be just as free as white men. The death penalty dated back to ancient Greece under the laws of Draco where it was used as a capital punishment for murder, treason, arson, and rape (“Capital Punishment”). Much like today, the death penalty is a capital punishment where someone has done those crimes. In America’s past however, such “death penalties” were taken place by executing African American men without even a trial. For example in 1876, white militia executed five African American men without a trail in what is known as the Hamburg Massacre and in 1882-1968 around 3,446 African American men and women are put to death for alleged crimes where they weren’t even proven guilty (“Racism Timeline”). Such events made this problem get attention and ga...
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...se people will have to be part of a jury or get jobs having to do with criminology, racist thoughts won’t get in the way to finding the truth. With this problem however, the death penalty should be abolished because the issue is not nearly close to being solved and it may take a long time in order to solve it.
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