Total South Carolina Drug Law Arrests by Age, Race, Sex and Charge (2006)
|Age/Charge||Total Number||Total Percent||White Male||Black Male||Other Male||White Female||Black Female||Other Female|
|TOTAL, ALL AGES||38,035||100.0||12,768||17,585||174||4,381||2,548||39|
|DRUG EQUIPMENT / PARAPHERNALIA||3,406||9.0||1,080||1,183||8||717||412||6|
I don't feel sorry for Michael Phelps. He got caught, it's illegal, it's the law. However, he's sad and folks are outraged that he's being 'targeted'.
But I want people to look at the non-celeb-Olympic winners who also "did nothing wrong" in South Carolina. They get charged with possession and they don't have media attention to spin their stories. When they get charged, they can lose their jobs or the opportunity to get jobs. Phelps ain't suffering, so let's stop pretending he is. I'm not blogging about weed rights, I'm talking about this view of Phelps being a victim.
So you are going to fight the power, start with the non-millionaires who can't afford a way out and don't have a voice...or a gold medal.