Last night, Florida executed its first white man convicted of killing a black man August 25th 2017 After spending nearly three decades on Death Row, convicted murderer Mark James Asay was executed Thursday evening, the state's first inmate to be put to death in more than 19 months and the first execution under a lethal injection procedure never used before in Florida or any other state. Asay's execution at Florida State Prison was the first since a January 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decision, in a case known as Hurst v. Florida, that effectively put the state's death penalty in limbo. He also was the first white man executed for killing a black victim in Florida. On almost a daily basis, individuals here on US Message Board make the derogatory statements that African Americans are genetically pre-disposed to criminal behavior and that statistics show that African Americans commit crimes at a rate that is expotentially greater than whites do and far greater than their represented percentage of the population. I will soon be reviewing some sample data from the FBI's crime statistics database but all of this time I've been mulling over why the numbers are coming as as they do which lead me to the question regarding this case. Is it even possible it took until the year 2017 before the first white person was convicted and sentenced to death row for the murder a black person in the entire state of Florida?