You might say Colin Kaepernick just stuck his foot in his mouth when he was backed into a corner over his Malcolm X + Fidel Castro shirt. Was he deflecting the question or was he at a loss of words!?!
Flip and get the tea spilling on Colin Kaepernick unable to clarify why he wore a shirt of Malcolm X + Fidel Castro. What was Colin trying to say, because he has offended a man whose family fled Cuba in exile. Flip and get the deets…
Colin Kaepernick was put on BLAST for his admoration for Fidel Castro, which he made clear earlier this fall by wearing a shirt depicting a meeting between Malcolm X and Castro.
While many considered this a peculiar choice, given that Colin Kaepernick at the time was speaking out against oppression, send an odd message with Castro on his chest. Fidel was a famous dictator who oppressed Cuba! When a reporter from the Miami Herald (a man whose family fled Cuba in exile) sought an explanation, Colin was dumbfounded. Kaep was unable to answer the question, tripping over his words during a conference call Wednesday with media in South Florida.
Here is how the Palm Beach Post reported Colin Kaepernick’s response:
When pressed about the shirt, Kaepernick first pointed out that Malcolm X also was pictured. Kaepernick said he supports Malcolm X and his willingness to be “open-minded” before forming his own views of the world. Part of that open-mindedness, he said, was meeting with the Cuban leader.
But when The Miami Herald reporter repeatedly asked about Castro specifically, Kaepernick said, “I’m not talking about Fidel Castro and his oppression. I’m talking about Malcolm X and what he’s done for people.”
The reporter, from a family of Cuban exiles, then accused Kaepernick of diverting the conversation because it was “uncomfortable” to talk about perceived support of Castro. At that point, Kaepernick said, “One thing that Fidel Castro did do is they have the highest literacy rate because they invest more in their education system than they do in their prison system, which we do not do here, even though we’re fully capable of doing that.”
Does Colin have his facts crossed, because the top 10 countries with the highest literacy rate does NOT include Cuba?
Take a look below at the top 10 countries with the highest literacy rate:
1. Russia: The country with the highest literacy rate is Russia with almost 53% of the population has tertiary education. It is estimated that 95% of adults in Russia have higher secondary education and the country spends some 4.9% of GDP on education.
2. Canada: With an education expenditure of some 6.6% of GDP, Canada has the highest proportion of career and skill based education. The country boasts an overall 51.3% of literacy rate in the population with tertiary education.
3. Japan: Although the country spends a small portion of the GDP on education, nearly 5% of it, Japan has 46% of the population with tertiary education.
4. Israel: Israel spends some 7.5% of the GDP on education and boasts a literacy rate of 46%. Men and women in Israel, in the age group of 18 to 21 and 18 to 20 respectively are required to join the military.
5. United States of America: With a literacy rate of 43%, United States stands 5th in the list. Education expenditure of the country is some 7% of GDP, with an annual growth rate of 1.4% for 2000-2011.
6. South Korea: South Koreans have a good record of placement after receiving education. The country has a literacy rate of 40% with an education expenditure of 8% of GDP.
7. New Zealand: It is estimated that more than 15% of the adult population of New Zealand receives some kind of college education. This small nation spends 7% of its GDP on education and has a literacy rate of 39%.
8. United Kingdom: 40% of the population in United Kingdom have tertiary education, which are mostly funded by private sources, as estimated in the year 2010. The country spends 7% of the GDP on education.
9. Finland: The education system in the country is said to be very effective as measured from the performance of secondary students. Finland spends some 7% of the GDP on education that goes beyond secondary school. 39% of the population in Finland has tertiary education.
10. Australia: The country has always been a hotspot for international students and they constitute almost 25% of the population of Australia, as measured during the year 2009. 38% of the population has tertiary education in Australia which spends some 6% of the GDP on education.