White people murdering black people is usually justified in Stand Your Ground States

Justified self-defense, by race

Justified self-defense, by race

According to a review of homicide cases by John Roman, juries are 11 times more likely to call a murder “justified” when a white person kills a black person than when it’s the other way around.

Homicides committed by a white person are twice as likely to be considered justified in “Stand Your Ground” states as they are in states without “Stand Your Ground” language in their laws.

States with “Stand Your Ground” laws are actually less likely than non-SYG states to consider a black person shooting a  white person to be justified self-defense. Even though presumably some of those black people were also “standing their ground”.

What do all of these statistics mean? Of course, there are a couple of possible interpretations.

1) “Stand Your Ground” laws are applied and enforced in a racist way.

2) Those states that have “Stand Your Ground” laws contain terrible, mean, scary black people that are so much more violent and malicious than the black people in non-“Stand Your Ground” states that it just happens that the juries in the “Stand Your Ground” states have correctly assessed that the black-on-white crime in those states simply isn’t justified while the white-on-black crime usually is.


Well, if you’re a good conservative, it’s pretty clear which answer you’ll pick!


data source: FBI Supplemental Homocide Report
graph found via: The Atlantic Cities