As if the nasty vinegar-heavy barbecue sauce weren’t bad enough, North Carolina seems bound and determined to proclaim to the rest of the world just how much the state fucking sucks. Last year it became the most recent state to amend its constitution to ban gay marriage, and yesterday they decided even that wasn’t enough. Now, they’ve decided to add a new layer of racism onto the shit sandwich that is their state.
North Carolina’s governor says he agreed to repeal a law that allowed inmates to challenge their death sentences on racial grounds because it effectively banned capital punishment in the state.
“This law is bad, because it doesn’t allow us to kill enough black people.”
Any time someone tries to tell you that the South has changed since the days of slavery and lynchings need only read the quote above to see that that’s a bunch of bullshit.
North Carolina legislators barred death sentences “sought or obtained on the basis of race” in 2009, when both houses of the state General Assembly were under Democratic control.
The, legislation, known as the Racial Justice Act, allowed condemned convicts to use statistical analysis to argue that race played a role in their sentencing.
Sounds like a fair, just, and rational law. No wonder it only lasted 4 years.
Republicans who took control of the Legislature in 2010 weakened the law last year, overriding a veto by then-Gov. Bev Perdue, a Democrat.
Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican elected in 2012, followed legislative action and signed its complete repeal Wednesday.
Fucking Republicans. Every time it looks like this country might take a tiny step forward, they grab it and drag it back into the Dark Ages.
“Nearly every person on death row, regardless of race, has appealed their death sentence under the Racial Justice Act,” McCrory said in a statement Wednesday. “The state’s district attorneys are nearly unanimous in their bipartisan conclusion that the Racial Justice Act created a judicial loophole to avoid the death penalty and not a path to justice.”
No, the state’s district attorneys want to kill more people so the ignorant voters will have their barbaric blood lust sated and keep them in office. The district attorneys, whose job it is to get people convicted, are not the people anyone should be consulting on this issue. This is like asking an oil company if we need to drive more. Of course they’ll say yes. But no one should care what they say.
The state still allowed capital punishment even while the Racial Justice Act was on the books. But state Democrats said the law resulted in at least four convicts being taken off death row after judges ruled that their sentences resulted from racial bias, with their sentences commuted to life in prison instead.
So the law only managed to help 4 people in 4 years before Republicans tore it up and flushed it down the toilet. You fucking suck, North Carolina Republicans.
About 53% of the 153 convicts awaiting execution in North Carolina are black, according to the state Department of Public Safety, while about 40% are white. African-Americans make up about 22% of the state’s population, according to Census figures.
Nope. No racism in North Carolina. None whatsoever.
The lynching days never ended. The only thing that changed is that nowadays it’s the state government that’s targeting blacks, rather than an ignorant mob of drooling redneck fuckbuckets. Or, more accurately, the voters took that ignorant lynch mob and made them the government.