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Death Penalty


I have learned a substantial amount from the material we have gone over thus far. I didn\'t really realize how deep the death penalty was and how far it went back. Also I didn\'t realize that some things that we associate with the death penalty today derived from earlier periods of time, and that the way people think just shows how history repeats itself. What I thought was interesting was that I thought executions didn\'t start until after the pilgrims and all that I didn\'t know it went back further than that. I knew that in the earlier times that they lived in a system of theocracy and that not believing in god was punishable and strict laws like that. But its amazing how they had all the other absurd laws they had such as bestiality, and how even today the ridiculous nonhomicidal crimes legislators want to introduce back into the system to be punishable by death. Also what I found interesting was the issue on public hangings, how it was a big party so to speak and all this went on decades ago right here in Amherst. Also it was interesting to learn that young black males commit a big proportion of criminal homicide. I always figured that men committed more criminal homicide then women and that probably a substantial amount would turn out to be African American, because that’s all I really hear in the media. I just wasn’t aware that it was at such young ages that the crimes were being committed. Also what I had absolutely no idea about was the fact that whether your black or white that the substantial amount of executions that have taken place is ones in which the victims were white, and that the racial lines in homicide aren\'t crossed often. Its kind of sad that more
people don\'t know these facts.
I think that the implementation of the death penalty in America has changed but really not that much. I mean back in the day people would be executed for the pettiest crimes ever. I\'m pretty sure in today\'s society some things just won’t find there way back into the system like the death penalty for thievery, or adultery and crimes such as those. Also back in the colonial period’s people believed in more of a theocracy, which we have separated according to government. I think though that some of these religious views are still associated with the death penalty just so deep some don\'t realize. I think that today America has tried to be more civilized with there executions or less barbaric even though some states still use executions seen as barbaric such as hangings and firing squads. A definite change was doing away with public executions though some would like to bring it back. I think the reasons for these changes is that America wanted to seem more civilized and when we separated from the system of church and state punishments that went along with that were automatically done away with.
It seems that the south has a stronger tie with the death penalty. One reason that I would think is because some parts of the south have strong ties still with church and which goes back to the colonial periods of church and state death penalty practices. Also it has been said that the attitudes of the native white residents of the region can be tied back to slavery, and how the death penalty is just an acceptable form of old black codes and the lynch law (Bedeu 23).


This is an example of how history will always just repeat itself even if it’s not in the same
exact form it was in years ago. Texas seems to have the highest number of executions and a high crime rate, its hard to make sense of all of this seeing as how states who don\'t have the death penalty have lower criminal rates even though the numbers do fluctuate. It’s hard to find a correlation between the two.
Many people think as I have in the past that the death penalty is racist and that it targets mostly minorities. That really doesn\'t seem to be the case in most areas. For the most part it just seems that the killing