The Fact Sheet shows that there is higher death row inmates among the minority races than Whites compared to their racial composition. Blacks have a death row of 43%, Latinos 13% and Whites 42%. Bearing in mind that the racial composition in the society is 77% Whites, 13% Blacks and 17% Latinos, it shows that the death rows are racially disappropriate. Since the year 1976, there have been witnessed 1144 executions in Southern region, 174 executions in Mid-West, 85 in West, 4 in Northeast and 636 in TX & OK. The region with the highest number of executions (Southern) is the one that is historically termed as the most racist region. TX & OK have high populations of minorities hence facing a higher number of executions that Mid-West, Northeast and West.
The online fact sheet of Death Penalty Information does not show the exact States in which the executions took place. This information is critical in showing how interracial murders involving a Black defendant and White victim attracted executions in different States depending on the population of Blacks who reside in them. It is surprising that Death Penalty gains more support at 33% than Life Sentence without Parole that is supported by 13%. This factor means that the society does not recognize the fact the Death Penalty costs the society more, resolves less problems and it poses high risk to the life of innocents.
Structural Functionalism Perspective can be used to explain disparity of African-Americans, minorities and the poor on death row because the Whites who are racially accepted within the United States and rich are less put under death rows compared to the minorities. The criminal justice system and the society at large views Whites to be exceptional to capital punishments unlike the minorities and the poor (Miller, 534).
The film “Black Death in Dixie: Racism and the Death Penalty in