Black Death in Dixie

Black Death in Dixie

Racism and the Death Penalty in the United States

Streaming Video - 2008
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Challenging viewers to look beyond mainstream media treatment of the death penalty, this program portrays capital punishment as a blunt instrument that disproportionately targets racial minorities and the poor. The film highlights several difficult issues, concepts, and social conditions-including statistics on the racial makeup of America's death row population; questionable convictions resulting from mistaken identification; the emotional and psychological toll on those wrongfully convicted; and the lingering effects of the Jim Crow era-or what many have called America's 20th-century apartheid system-in which lynching functioned as de facto capital punishment.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2008], c2007
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (26 min.) : sd., col., digital file

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