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Colin Kaepernick Has Daddy Issues

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Recently, it has been brought to our attention that the 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem. Outraged fans have responded with angry social media responses and by burning and stomping on 49ers jerseys. As a member of the United States’ armed forces, I rolled my eyes at the entire spectacle. Yes, his behavior was tacky. The people throwing a fit are really no better than he is. They are just giving him power that he does not have. He does not have the power to offend me because that is something I am just not giving him. To each their own, though. Instead of getting mad, I listened to his message and did some research. His complaint is that the United States is oppressing people of color, so I decided to really dig in and decide just how much evidence there is to support this claim.
One problem that has been championed by the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the use of private, for-profit prisons. These facilities have been associated with poor and minority communities facing longer sentences. This is because companies that run these prisons have lobbied in support of mandatory minimum sentences, and people in charge of these decisions sometimes own stock in the companies that run these prisons. There have even been cases where judges have been caught accepting kick-backs from these prisons, for issuing unreasonably long sentences. Whenever there is something unfair like this going on, the most marginalized members of our society, the poor, suffer the most. Minorities are vulnerable, because they disproportionately fall into this category. People in for-profit prisons are less safe and have been shown to receive fewer rehabilitative services than the inmates in government-run facilities. The Department of Justice and several states (hopefully all of them, eventually) recently announced plans to completely end the use of private prisons. The DOJ’s move shows that the US is taking steps to fix situations that are actually unfair.
Another problem that keeps getting pushed to the forefront by equality activists is poverty. Of course, Colin Kaepernick does not live in poverty, so his protest must be entirely a matter of principle. I want to know where poor people have higher per capita income than they do within this country. For that matter, I want to know where in the world ANY low-income demographic has more money than those living in the United States. We hear all the time how one in five US children live in poverty, but let’s take a look at how poverty in the US compares to poverty, and even to the middle class, in other countries:




Another government program that the NAACP opposes but is supported by the private prison industry is the War on Drugs. It is widely believed that minorities and white people use drugs at similar rates but that anti-drug laws are disproportionally enforced against minorities. They are one of the groups that actually lobby to keep marijuana illegal. They also support prison for users of other drugs, regardless of how much more they might benefit from rehab and therapy. The majority of Americans at least support legalizing marijuana. It is astounding that anyone is being locked in a cage and having their rights taken away because of a harmless plant. Most Americans do not want this to happen. Go ahead to keep calling us oppressive, though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQw3m-9sISM

https://mises.org/blog/poor-us-are-richer-middle-class-much-europe

http://www.naacp.org/blog/entry/private-prisons-profit-from-prejudice

http://www.naacp.org/press/entry/naacp-passes-historic-resolution-calling-for-end-to-war-on-drugs

http://prospect.org/article/majority-americans-now-support-marijuana-legalization

http://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2011/08/12/pennsylvania-judge-gets-life-sentence-for-prison-kickback-scheme/#1cee84f669a3
https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/04/28/how-for-profit-prisons-have-become-the-biggest-lobby-no-one-is-talking-about/?utm_term=.3f7c3134a71d
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/12/upshot/surprising-new-evidence-shows-bias-in-police-use-of-force-but-not-in-shootings.html?_r=0
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/08/26/will-states-follow-dojs-private-prison-move-some-are-ahead-of-the-feds/

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