Another study confirming what we already know: The American justice system, particularly
America’s “method” of dealing with murderers, is very racist.
This has been the case for decades, and there is no indication that it will be
changing anytime soon.
[Posted By senssensibilityr]
Republished from Reuters
Standford Study links death sentences to darker features
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The more “black looking” an African-American
man charged with murdering a white victim, the more likely he is to be sentenced
to death, a Stanford University researcher said on Tuesday.
Using scores given by white and Asian-American Stanford undergraduates to rate
facial features of 44 black men tried for murder in Philadelphia over 20 years,
researchers found that 57.5 percent rated to have “stereotypically”
black features such as dark skin were sentenced to death.
By contrast, 24.4 percent of black men in similar murder cases and rated by
the students as less stereotypically black were sentenced to death, said Jennifer
Eberhardt, a Stanford psychologist involved in the research.
Despite the use of ratings from only white and Asian-American students, the
findings suggest jurors use stereotypes of black features as a proxy for criminality
and punish murder defendants with those features more severely, Eberhardt said.
“They do link although the students have no knowledge of who they are
or who they murdered,” Eberhardt said, referring to the defendants, their
features and their sentences.
Researchers also set ratings for facial features against a pool of 118 black
men tried for murdering other blacks and found no relationship between their
features and sentences.
“You could not use the features to predict whether they got a death sentence,”
Eberhardt said. “You’re more likely to get a death sentence in the
white cases than in the black cases.”
The study adds to other research showing murderers of whites are more likely
than murderers of blacks to be sentenced to death, Eberhardt said.