Nice try, but completely non-factual.
"Blacks make up 16.6 percent of Florida’s population but account for 31 percent of the defendants invoking the stand your ground defense. Black defendants who invoke this statute are actually acquitted 8 percentage points more frequently than whites who use this very same defense."
Some more sources if the above is not good enough for some people
Also crime in Florida from 2007 and on is down across the board while gun permits and ownership were on the rise.
pick that fucking mic back up
So the first article takes data from another shitty article in which both articles are not statistically significant. In addition the source article says:
"Some cases may have changed significantly since the original media reports as a result of further investigation or court events. As a result, some summaries may be incomplete or contain outdated information.
Some cases are still pending and no determination of guilt has been made.”
So the first reblogger’s argument is from data in which “the results are not statistically significant” (that is quoted from the first article) and in which the data is innacurate.
So let’s look at some larger samples:
John Roman, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center, recently conducted a study examining racial disparity using FBI data on 43,500 homicides from 2005 to 2009, the most recent years for which data was available.
So he reanalyzes FBI data about racial disparity in sentencing and then he goes on to analyze Stand Your Ground states in particular:
At FRONTLINE’s request, Roman analyzed the pool of 43,500 homicides by race in states with Stand Your Ground laws* and those without them. Because he wanted to control for multiple variables — the races of the victim and the shooter, whether they were strangers, whether they involved a firearm and whether the murders were in Stand Your Ground states — Roman used a technique known as regression analysis, which is a statistical tool to analyze the relationship between different pieces of data.
Using this analysis, Roman found that a greater number of homicides were found justified in Stand Your Ground states in all racial combinations, a result he believes is because those states yielded more killings overall.
Roman also found that Stand Your Ground laws tend to track the existing racial disparities in homicide convictions across the U.S. — with one significant exception: Whites who kill blacks in Stand Your Ground states are far more likely to be found justified in their killings. In non-Stand Your Ground states, whites are 250 percent more likely to be found justified in killing a black person than a white person who kills another white person; in Stand Your Ground states, that number jumps to 354 percent.
Look at his data:
He admits that his data enforces the need for a comprehensive investigation when specifically analyzing white on black shooting, however, the fact that Stand Your Ground states is just as racist are the rest of America is telling enough.
Arguing that Stand Your Ground benefits people of color completely ignores that the whole prison industrial complex is racist. Stand your ground is a part of an entire racist system.
So now for debunking the remaining articles.
Each of these articles compares the raw numbers of crime and then says that because there is more Black on Black crime (which are mostly due to racial socioeconomic differences), a majority of black people benefit from stand your ground.
For example: “Black Floridians have made about a third of the state’s total “Stand Your Ground” claims in homicide cases, a rate nearly double the black percentage of Florida’s population.” THIS STATEMENT DOESN’T MEAN ANYTHING. It’s like saying “Oh more black people were arrested as a result of racism in sentencing, of those these, a whole bunch of them used Stand your Ground, therefore Stand your Ground isn’t racist”.
If anything, this highlights how systematic inequality serves to further prison industrial complex.
More sources on racial disparity in prison sentencing:
Race and the Drug War
Racial Disparity in Sentencing
tl;dr Stand Your Ground is equally as racist as the prison system as a whole.
(Source: vangoghmygod, via freebroccoli)
To the surprise of no one, it’s shown that there is institutional racism prevalent in the school system.
“White Gun Nut Shoots Himself, Blames Imaginary Black Guy”
Literally this guy shot himself, and then he made up shit:
A few weeks ago, Shasta Regional Medical Centerreported a gunshot victim toRedding, California Police. When they arrived at the hospital, Posada (the ‘victim’) initiallyclaimed that he was just minding his own business on a sidewalk when a black man approached his and pointed a handgun at his head. The gun fetishist, that not even his own mother could love, proceeded to say that he“pushed the gun to his side and was shot in his abdomen“.
He had described the black male suspect as 6 feet tall, 185 pounds, and in his late 20s. Posada said that the man had been “wearing a black hoodie-style sweatshirt, blue jeans and black, high-top shoes with silver stripes,” the The Record Search Light reported. (CrooksandLiars)
Since everyone knows invisible black guys in dark hoodies are way more dangerous, the police pursued the case based on the gun nut’s story. But they became suspicious after discovering no blood on the sidewalk.
According to a new studyby University of California at Berkeley researcher Christopher Petrella, people of color who are sentenced to prison are more likely than their white counterparts to serve their time in private institutions.Katie Rose Quandt points out at Mother Jonesthat those private prisons have higher levels of violence and recidivism (PDF) and provide less sufficient health care and educational programming than equivalent public facilities.
In Petrella’s study, age and race work in a very specific way when it comes to private prisons. FromBill Moyers:
Why would African American and Latino prisoners be cheaper to incarcerate than whites? Because older prisoners are significantly more expensive than younger ones. “Based on historical sentencing patterns, if you are a prisoner today, and you are over 50 years old, there is a greater likelihood that you are white,” Petrella explained to BillMoyers.com. “If you are under 50 years old — particularly if you’re closer to 30 years old — you’re more likely to be a person of color.” He cited a 2012 report by the ACLU which found that it costs $34,135 per year to house a non-geriatric prisoner, compared with $68,270 for a prisoner age 50 or older.
In addition to suffering from general racism in the justice system, we also get the shittier prisons too.