Genocide: The deliberate and systematic extermination of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation (Dictionary.com). When you look at the rawness of the definition of genocide, it seems crazy. The harsh reality, however, is that genocides happen more often than people would like to admit, the 75,000 Herero people can definitely attest to this (Zimmerer and Neuberger). The most well-known genocide is the Holocaust, however there are many more genocides, both before and after, as well as more brutal, than the Holocaust. The first known genocide is called the Herero Genocide, or the Herero-Nama Genocide, and involved the Herero and the Germans (Laumann).
Timothy McVeigh bombed the Alfred P. Murrah building and it was “the worst act of terrorism in American history” (Isikoff). Years later McVeigh was on trial “in courtroom C-204 in the United States Courthouse in Denver” (Morganthou). He was facing capital punishment. Timothy McVeigh receiving the death penalty was the correct punishment for the crime he committed. Timothy McVeigh was not always a cold blooded killer.
The type of violence that is most common in prison is/are rape and gang violence. Unfortunately, inmates are not the only suspects, prison staff sometimes harass or rape the inmates. The inmates who are the victims of staff violence sometimes do not report that they have been violated or assaulted because they feel like no one will believe or listen to them. Deaths in prison are also a huge problem, according to Bureau of Justice A total of 4,446 inmates died in 2013, an increase of 131 deaths from 2012. This was the highest number of deaths reported to the BJS Deaths in Custody Reporting Program since 2007 (www.ncjrs.gov).
The death penalty has also put innocent people to death. Approximately one hundred and thirty innocent people have been put to death by the death penalty since 1973 (Ethics, 2018). Housing inmates for life would contribute to the overcrowding problem, but financially the death penalty does not make sense. Solving the problem of mandatory minimum sentences, the war on drugs, three strikes laws and other failures of the prison system would make room for life inmates and not use the death penalty. The cost is extremely high, and it is not worth the risk.
Historians believe that the nickname “Black Dahlia” comes from the fact that Short often wore black clothing that complimented her fair skin and dark hair. More that 60 suspects were questions, however, her murder remains unsolved. Elizabeth Short’s murder is one of the most notable cold case in the history of the U.S. . The failure to catch her murderer was blamed on the sensationalization of the murder by the media. The 2nd and 3rd cases were either once or still are cold cases, probably because of the time when the murders were committed.
The death penalty has sparked the conversation since the eighteenth century and has taken hundreds of lives since, but is it cheaper to have someone sent to death row? The death penalty can be big deal, you are taking the life of someone who is a criminal, or a murderer, but it can also be an innocent person 's life. What crimes deserve the death penalty? Most of the time the death penalty is used only on the worst of crimes. The other thing is that each death row prisoner to maintain the prisoner cost taxpayers 90,000 more per year, but without the death penalty cost 740,000, while to use the death penalty cost 1.26 million.
Despite our superiority, America still has a plethora of problems from within, one of them is a corrupted system of law enforcement. Our own law enforcement is one of the factors contributing to America’s downfall. What people think is keeping them safe is really just hurting them behind their backs. A publicist by the name of Shaun King has taken note that so far as of July 17, 2017, 660 people have been killed by police or some type of law enforcement. That would make this year alone to be one of the deadliest years since people had begun tracking this statistic back in 2013.
Texas is perhaps one of the most iconic states of America, with its large size (Second only to Alaska), large and progressive cities such as Dallas and Austin, and its nickname as the “Lone Star State.” What you may not know, is that Texas is also the Capital state of legal executions. Not only are they one of the biggest execution states in the USA, they are also infamous for executing innocent convicts. The point that the cartoonist is trying to make with their political cartoon is that Texas has executed an uncomfortably large number of innocents in the name of justice. The cartoon itself is an image of a family of three, traveling down the road toward Texas. As they reach the state line, they are greeted by a sign that read “Welcome to Texas, Execution Capital of America!
Texas Stereotypes Texas is well known for a lot of things, to being one of the biggest states in the US to JFK Assassination. Many people believe that Texas is probably one of the violent states because of many people owning guns and many prisoners being on death row. Numerous individuals has came up with a lot of stereotype for Texas and Texans. One of the most famous and favorable stereotypes are that Texas consist of many cowboys and cowgirls. Yes many of men and women are but, little do they know that more than 85% of the Texas population lives in urban areas.
Gun Control and Mass Shootings in America Gun violence is an unquestionable issue in America, with the United States ranking as one of the worst with both homicides and suicides using guns. That being said, we outnumber Mexico in gun related deaths and among first-world countries we rank far above others in the number of gun deaths, such as England and Australia. Consequently, we live in one of the only first world countries that does not have extensive gun laws and restrictions to gun access. Aside from the countless homicides and suicides by firearm in this country, one particular issue within this predicament is mass shootings, with the most recent mass shooting occurring on February 14th, 2018 at a high school in Parkland, Florida where 17 people were killed. Although, it may seem like an easy fix to just implement gun control laws into our society to eliminate gun violence, but it is important to note that Americans own nearly half of all firearms globally, which is roughly 325 million guns; when
Forty years have gone by and I think it’s finally time we acknowledge the inconvenient truth; Capital punishment is not a fair means of punishment and disproportionately affects minorities. In the landmark Supreme Court case McCleskey v. Kemp, a study conducted by David Baldus, a late Iowa Law Professor, concluded that black defendants indicted for murder were convicted nearly twice as much as white defendants and black defendants who killed white people received the death penalty four times more often than black defendants who killed other black people. This argument was a highlight of the case, but did not stop the Supreme Court from ignoring the statistics regarding racial bias in capital punishment cases. A vote of 5-4 ruled that tendencies