Black Lives Matter and the call for death penalty abolition

Michael Cholbi, Alex Madva

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The Black Lives Matter movement has called for the abolition of capital punishment in response to what it calls “the war against Black people” and “Black communities.” This article defends the two central contentions in the movement’s abolitionist stance: first, that US capital punishment practices represent a wrong to black communities rather than simply a wrong to particular black capital defendants or particular black victims of murder, and second, that the most defensible remedy for this wrong is the abolition of the death penalty.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517-544
Number of pages28
JournalEthics: An International Journal of Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy
Issue number3
Early online date30 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018


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