Shocking evidence of racism in the red states. Study: Blacks Stricken From Juries in Southern States - AOL News Black Americans are being stricken from Southern juries -- especially in cases of capital punishment -- because they live in poor neighborhoods, chew gum or are thought to have "low intelligence," according to a new report. The two-year study published today by the nonprofit Equal Justice Initiative found "shocking evidence of racial discrimination" in jury pool selection across eight Southern states. ... For example, Alabama's Houston County is 27 percent black, but from 2005 to 2009 local prosecutors struck 80 percent of blacks qualified to serve on juries in capital punishment cases, leaving half of the juries all white and the rest with only one black member. The Houston County District Attorney's Office did not return calls for comment today.