Marissa Alexander Case: Blame "10-20-Life" More Than "Stand Your Ground"

"Stand Your Ground" may be a problematic law that may actually increase the homicide rate in states that have enacted it, but is it in and of itself a racist law? Activists and journalists calling renewed attention to the case of Marissa Alexander, a Florida woman who unsuccessfully tried to use a "Stand Your Ground" defense after she claimed she fired a warning shot at her abusive husband, seem to think so.

But Alexander's fate actually illustrates the occasional absurdity of Florida's unique "10-20-Life" law more than it illustrates racism at play in the application of "Stand Your Ground."

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Kyle Munzenrieder