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    You'd have to be blind or dishonest not to see that we value white lives over dark lives in this country. For instance, white people and black people are murdered almost as often in this country. Yet a person who murders a white person is around 4 times more likely to get the death penalty than a person who murders a black person. It's because, unfortunately, we value the life of the white victim more than the life of the black victim.

    You can't tell me this doesn't apply to white children versus black children, although the effect may be different. I look at it as a score system in terms of how we value victim life. And this may explain some of the differences.

    For instance, we perhaps view victims' value in this way:

    White = +10
    Black = +3
    Child = +25
    Victim of Mass Murder = 25

    So yes, the black child murdered in a kindergarten classroom may still get 53 points of "value," while a typical black murder victim only gets 3. This does not mean that there is no difference between how we value the black class of kids and the white class of kids. It's just that the difference is 60 to 53. Just because we add new things to our "value" calculus does not mean that there's no race value deficiency.

    "I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil." ~Bobby Kennedy

    by Grizzard on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 06:49:17 AM PST

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