America isn’t the greatest country in the world, an opinion New York Daily News senior justice writer Shaun King tried to pass off as fact in his latest piece.
“The United States of America is the Brooklyn Nets. We are not the best country in the world. This is not my opinion. These are the facts. … And in every demonstrable category, our country is coming up very, very short,” King wrote earlier this week.
King tried to position a subjective statement, “America is not the greatest country,” as an objective fact by examining flaws in our country’s criminal justice and healthcare system, as well as poverty and income inequality. The only problem, though, is that King’s evidence is heavily flawed and doesn’t really provide an accurate picture of what’s going on in America.
Let’s take a closer look at the issues in King’s “Here’s why the United States is not the best country in the world.”
King first examines America’s “criminal justice nightmare” and how America incarcerates more people than any other country in the world, with King taking particular issue with the amount of black men incarcerated in the U.S.