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All Lives Matter: NAACP Leader Highlights Racial Justice Problems in Nunley Execution

The State of Missouri executed Roderick Nunley on September 1, pronouncing him dead at 9:09 p.m. Roderick Nunley, 50, became the sixth death row inmate to be put to death in Missouri this year. Missouri’s capital punishment practices have raised concerns within a number of key communities. For example, in an editorial authored by Jefferson City NAACP Chair Nimrod “Rod” Chapel, appearing in Sunday’s Columbia Daily Tribune, the question arose as to whether Missouri understands that all lives matter. And, whether a system of justice marked by stark racial disparities in outcomes is one that is fair or meaningful. For Mr. Chapel’s editorial, please use the following link.

Coverage in Kansas City: The Call also addressed Nunley’s execution, noting “those representing Nunley said the scheduled execution is based soley on a racially biased plea system.” The Call‘s mission observes “America can best lead the world away from racism and national antagonisms when it accords to every man regardless of race, color or creed, his human and legal rights. Hating no man, fearing no man, The Call strives to help man in the firm belief that all are hurt as long as anyone is held back.” (September 3, 2015).

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