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As an apparent exercise in self-contradiction, Dennis Prager presents "Ron Paul and America's Alleged Racism"
In the Republican presidential candidates’ debate on January 7, Congressman Ron Paul said: "I’m the only one up here . . . that understands true racism in this country is in the judicial system."
He said this racism has to do with "enforcing the drug laws," and then added: "They [blacks] get the death penalty way disproportionately."
Two groups immediately defended Paul – his supporters, and commentators on the Left. The former support anything Paul says; and the Left supports anything that Paul says that portrays America as ugly.
The claim that America disproportionately executes blacks is a falsehood, disseminated on virtually every Left-wing website from the ACLU to all the anti-death penalty sites. The only way it can be regarded as true is if the disproportion is in relation to the entire population of the country: Blacks make up about 12% of the population and since 1976 have been about 35% of those executed for murder. But this is a statistic that tells no truth because it is meaningless in terms of determining alleged racial bias.
Fine, except... the ACLU doesn't say that: their site claims that America disproportionately kills those who have executed whites. Big difference. But the funny part is when Prager continues:
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.
Wait, what? First he says that anti-death penalty web sites concentrate of the race of perpetrators. Then he quotes an anti-death penalty website for information he claims you can't find on anti-death penalty websites.
THEN he says that anti-death penalty advocates focus on "just about everyone except those convicted of murder" after he claims that those same websites lie all the time ... about those people convicted of murder. How is that even possible?
It is sometimes hard to remain coherent when you're in a sputtering outrage over a topic you're unfamiliar with.
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