Dennis Rodman, fresh off his trip to North Korea, appeared on “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos to discuss his friendship with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. Stephanopoulos proceed to take Rodman to task for supporting a man who, “presides over prison camps, allows millions to starve, and threatened to destroy the United States.” Wait…what?
Lets start with the “prison camps”. According to Stephanopoulos Kim Jong Un has 200,000 people in prison camps. That’s nothing compared to the amount of prisoners in the good ole USA. According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2,266,800 adults were incarcerated in U.S. federal and state prisons, and county jails at year-end 2010. 4,933,667 adults at year-end 2009 were on probation or on parole. In total, 7,225,800 adults were under correctional supervision (probation, parole, jail, or prison) in 2009 – about 3.1% of adults in the U.S. resident population.
Do you know where the world’s prison capital is? It’s Louisiana. According to The Times-Picayune:
Louisiana is the world’s prison capital. The state imprisons more of its people, per head, than any of its U.S. counterparts. First among Americans means first in the world. Louisiana’s incarceration rate is nearly five times Iran’s, 13 times China’s and 20 times Germany’s.
One in 86 adult Louisianians is doing time, nearly double the national average. Among black men from New Orleans, one in 14 is behind bars; one in seven is either in prison, on parole or on probation.
Millions of people are also starving in America and inequality isn’t getting better, it’s getting worse. According to the Census Bureau in 2011 almost 50 million people were in poverty, including 22% of children under 18, and the number of people in poverty has risen for 4 consecutive years. And that was before austerity measures officially kicked in due to Congress and the President’s inability to avoid the sequester.
The United States doesn’t just threaten countries, they actual bomb them and replace their leadership. Remember, the only dictators America doesn’t like are the ones they didn’t put in power or pay off. I wish Rodman was armed with more knowledge and information for that interview, and a better stylist.