Death penalty is racist

Published: Saturday, January 31, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 30, 2004 at 11:51 p.m.

Recently, the people of Gainesville marched in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We pride ourselves on our work to end racism, yet we know it still exists.

On Feb. 4, Florida is scheduled to execute an African-American, Johnny Robinson. Robinson murdered a white woman and was convicted by an all-white jury.

Robinson's appeal lawyers raised evidence that in the Seventh Judicial Circuit murders of white victims were about 13 times more likely to result in a death sentence than in cases where the victim was black. Could race be a factor in this case? Check out the facts at

Evidence has shown that the death penalty is not administered fairly in our country or our state. If you die or live often depends on your race, where you live or how much money you have.

Dr. King spoke out strongly against the death penalty. Let us join our voices with his and seek an end to the unfairness and violence of the death penalty. Write Gov. Bush or go to Starke to protest this execution on Feb. 4.

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