All the people scheduled for execution in Texas are either African-American (9) or Hispanic (5).

Two weeks after the first African-American was elected President of the United States, two African-Americans are set to be executed in Texas this week. Last week, Texas also executed two African-Americans. The week before that Texas also executed an African-American. 40 percent of the people on death row in Texas are black, although blacks comprise only 11.9 percent of the Texas population. According to the TDCJ website, of the fourteen executions starting with the one on Nov 6, Elkie Taylor, and going until March 11, 2009, all the people executed or scheduled for execution in Texas are either African-American (9) or Hispanic (5).

For more information on the issue of race and the death penalty, visit this page at the Death Penalty Information Center.

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