I Don’t Understand It

Doesn’t killing someone who killed someone pretty much justify what the person did?

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The death penalty.  I don’t understand it.  I have never-will never understand the concept that it deters crime to kill people who have killed people.  I don’t understand how that would make sense.  Doesn’t killing someone who killed someone pretty much justify what the person did? How does the death penalty actually punish anyone?

I was reading an article today on Care2 about how the United States is one of the only developed countries to still have the death penalty.  Not only is this not anything to be proud of, the Democratic Republic of the Congo-a country that has been torn apart by a 20+ year civil war and by numerous human rights issues-has abolished the death penalty.  I want to know how they can manage to do that, but the United States can’t.  In our case, race most likely places a factor.  There are more black males on death row in the United States than any other race or sex, and it is becoming obvious that the prison industrial complex and the Republic Party are involved in a conspiracy to imprison black males as a way to destroy black families and black society.

Do I believe in punishment? Absolutely, but the death penalty isn’t a punishment.  For those who have been convicted of a crime they didn’t commit, it is torture.  For those who did commit a crime, the death penalty is nothing more than a release from their punishment.  This is not to mention that it not only targets black males, it targets minorities and poor people in general.  Trust me, you will never see Kim Kardashian sitting in the electric chair.

I find it odd that we can other countries Third World and yet the U.S. is the one allowing the government to legally murder their own citizens as a way to deter crime.  Maybe it is time we stop talking about how “developed” we are as a nation and start realizing that our justice system is broken.

Author: Stacie M Stark

Activist with 25 years of experience in human and animal rights and welfare. Specializing in children's rights and issues, LGBT rights, and companion animal welfare and rights. Member and always will be of Amnesty International, Best Friends Animal Society, and PETA. Mom, queer, vegetarian. Hello Kitty and Disney Princess collector. Cat lover. Sagwa fan. I want to live at the public library.

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