I’m not passionately in favour of the death penalty, but I’m not passionately against it either. Steve Sailer’s idea of reserving the death penalty for witness-murdering strikes me as a good one. His reasoning is that perps already get long sentences for crimes like burglary, so it can be “rational” for them to murder witnesses unless there’s the additional threat of capital punishment. (A really long sentence for burglary plus murder isn’t
The death penalty is likely a significant deterrent if done in a swifter manner (as opposed to endless appeals). The probability of an innocent person receiving the death penalty is likely far lower than that same person being murdered by a criminal. That probability is likely even lower for a black person given the dramatically higher homicide rate of blacks, for whom so many guilt-ridden whites wring their hands. But their priority is saving blacks from the evil, white supremacist state, not blacks themselves.