Fox & Friends isn't just a happy morning chat show. Its inanity masks the reality that it is "one of Roger Ailes' primary vehicles to inject his venom into the media bloodstream." Rather than providing intellectual stimulation, it plays to ignorance and bigotry communicated by the curvy couch potatoes who are so not the Algonquin Round Table. Last week, during the right wing and Fox enabled "controversy," surrounding Beyonce's and Jay-Z's trip to Cuba, our favorite MENSA candidates, not surprisingly, criticized the trip because it was just so unfair that these entertainers could go to Cuba when "most of us can't travel to Cuba." (Awww) And then Brain (whoops Brian) Kilmeade provided us with a gem that surpassed the usual stupidity of Fox & Friends - and that's saying something because if this show excels in anything other than ratings. It's stupidity!
In citing how travel restrictions to Cuba have loosened, Kilmeade was still puzzled. He said that “You would think there’d be outrage and disdain for those who rob you of your rights, you creativity and jail you." And the he proclaimed - ready for it - “I believe there are more African-Americans in jail per capita in Cuba than anybody else.”
African-Americans jailed in Cuba? So there are large numbers of American blacks who are imprisoned in Cuba? Really? I believe that the term is Afro-Cubans - but, hey, Kilmeade claims to have data so it's all good...
But if Kilmeade is concerned about a government robbing its citizens of rights and jailing them, he should be outraged and disdainful about the United States which has the highest per-capita incarceration rate in the world. Cuba, however, is number 7. And if he was as concerned about the racial disparities in the American criminal justice system as he seems to be about Cuba, perhaps he code devote some of his genius to Fox & Friends outrage and disdain about these inconvenient truths:
- While people of color make up about 30 percent of the United States’ population, they account for 60 percent of those imprisoned.
- According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, one in three black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime.
- Students of color face harsher punishments in school than their white peers, leading to a higher number of youth of color incarcerated.
- African American youth have higher rates of juvenile incarceration and are more likely to be sentenced to adult prison.
- As the number of women incarcerated has increased by 800 percent over the last three decades, women of color have been disproportionately represented.
- The war on drugs has been waged primarily in communities of color where people of color are more likely to receive higher offenses.
- Once convicted, black offenders receive longer sentences compared to white offenders.
- Voter laws that prohibit people with felony convictions to vote disproportionately impact men of color.
- Studies have shown that people of color face disparities in wage trajectory following release from prison.
And as far as a Cuban prison that holds people without due process? It's called Guantanamo!
I don't seem to recall Fox & Friends being "outraged and disdainful" about this. Oh, right, they're not!
But "African-Americans" imprisoned in Cuba. You just can't make this stuff up. Oh, right, this is Fox & Friends!
…Cuba is at least in North America