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What You Need to Know About Arkansas, America, and the Death Penalty


To better understand capital punishment in America—how it works, who it affects, and the myths that continue to surround it—we’ve compiled 10 of the best long form articles on the subject from Fusion and around the web.

Racism Is Keeping the Death Penalty Alive,” by Jason McDaniel and Sean McElwee, Fusion

“One question on the ANES survey asks respondents, “Do you favor, oppose, or neither favor nor oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of murder?” We compared this data with other ANES questions that ask respondents questions about racial resentment—such as whether they think black people are lazier and more violent than white people...whites who displayed high levels of racial resentment in their responses were far more likely to support the death penalty.”