A symbolic act, a positive message for other states

It is the first state from South who made his decision. It is a symbolic date as the day after United of Nations commemored International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The Secretary general reminded “We must end the legacy of this racist lie”

Death penalty history in Virginia to nowaday

The commonwealth’s death penalty has deep roots in slavery, lynching, and Jim Crow segregation. Before the Civil War, Virginia explicitly provided different penalties for white people and its enslaved population. Although the Fourteen Amendment prohibited states from “depriv[ing] any person of life … without due process of law” and afforded all persons “the equal protection of the laws,” Virginia’s executions showed that in practice different rules were applied to white and Black defendants. From 1900 until the U.S. Supreme Court banned the death penalty for offenses that did not result in death in 1977, Virginia executed 73 Black men — but no one who was white — on charges of rape, attempted rape, or robbery.

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Hafida B

Hafida B

Journalist-writer, I do love photography for some events. I buy photos and content English/FR.