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Who Is A Person?. Jessica Troccolo, Tim Egginson, Robert Kelly. Racism. Racism interferes with how we define someone as a person. We now have a system that incarcerates African Americans twice as long as whites who are charged with identical crimes.

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Who Is A Person?

Jessica Troccolo, Tim Egginson, Robert Kelly

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Racism

  • Racism interferes with how we define someone as a person.
  • We now have a system that incarcerates African Americans twice as long as whites who are charged with identical crimes.
  • In some cases, white suspects are literally allowed to get away with murder.
  • Even in 2014 this continues as Jordan Davis a 17 year old African American was killed by Michael Dunn a white male whom was not even convicted of murder.
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Reproductive Rights

  • 1973 Roe V Wade case legalizing abortion, giving woman rights
  • to their bodies
  • Many still argue, who should control the genetic destiny of mankind
  • Decline in Abortion Clinics in U.S
  • Are women treated equally as “a person” of the United States?
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IQ and the Death Penalty

  • 2014 : Freddie Hall v. Florida
  • - What IQ level determines full responsibility
  • for crimes?
  • - In FL, it is a result of 65-70.
  • Should standard law apply to mentally
  • handicapped criminals?
  • Is the death penalty “cruel and unusual
  • punishment” under the 8th amendment?
  • Who receives “personhood-plus” or lesser
  • personhood in American culture?
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Who is a Person?

  • An ongoing argument in American thinking
  • Democratic argument is the “ceaseless agitation” that produces the “true advantages of democracy.”
  • -Alexis de Tocqueville
  • Legal , political, and societal action evolve the argument and its results.