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Apparently people were shocked by the applause here. The only thing that shocked me was that they didn't form a rumba line. It's a Republican debate. And it's America. Perry's right--most people support the death penalty. It's the job of those of us who oppose the death penalty to change that


It's worth remembering that no Democratic nominee for the presidency in some twenty years, has been against the death penalty. 

This is still the country where we took kids to see men lynched, and then posed for photos. We are a lot of things. This is one of them. 

MORE: Forgot about this Jon Chait piece. "It takes balls to execute an innocent man."

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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