Saturday, January 05, 2013

Charles M. Blow, "New York Times," columnist on the legacy of slavery and incarcerations, also public opinion on the Confederacy

Charles M. Blow of the New York Times has a column titled, "Escaping Slavery," about the legacy of slavery, popular attitudes towards the Confederacy, towards African Americans.

Two polls mentioned in the column are online and well worth reading.

Pew Research

In their poll they found a majority of people who identify themselves as Southerners think it is okay for public officials to praise the Confederacy.



CNN found that 4 out of 10 Southerners sympathize more with the Confederacy than the Union.

Yet defense attorneys in the South do not question potential jurors about their attitudes towards the Confederacy. We think they should.

My co-author and I are going to write a letter to the New York Times  proposing that defense attorneys should be asking these questions along with whether a potential juror is a member of a neo-Confederate organization. Neo-Confederates should not be allowed to be jurors in almost all situations. They have a wide ranging animosities and would be biased in most trials.

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