Are Stand Your Ground Laws Racist?

6 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2018

Date Written: July 23, 2013

Abstract

Contrary to anti-self-defense rhetoric, blacks are treated equably in Stand Your Ground states. Comprehensive examination of FBI Supplemental Homicide data shows that in Stand Your Ground States:

• There has been no significant increase in black justifiable homicide victims.

• Black defenders account for a higher percent of justifiable homicides.

• Since enactment, Black defenders account for a higher percent of all justifiable defenses against white attackers.

Keywords: Stand Your Ground, self-defense, racism, justifiable homicide, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Suggested Citation

Nemerov, Howard Ross, Are Stand Your Ground Laws Racist? (July 23, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3219986 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3219986

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