This week on Sean Waltman‘s Podcast, MVP was a guest and discussed his decision to give a TED Talk surrounding his arrest, and the way felons who serve their time are discriminated against in society:
“‘My TED Talk was about convicted felons who have served their time but are still legally discriminated against and I talked about an issue I had personally. Being MVP somebody who is known to millions of people around the world, I spent 9 and half years in prison for the robbery that I committed when I was 16 years old, and when I got out I did everything I could do redeem myself socially, I became a WWE superstar. I spent lots of time going to prisons, and juvenile detention centers to spread the message and try and be a positive role model yet when I sold my house recently, I tried to rent a house while I was deciding what I wanted to do. I had 3 applications denied back to back because I was a convicted felon. So all of these things that I’ve done specifically to try and show the world that I am a better person and improve the world that I live in, I still wear the scarlet letter of being a convicted felon. As far as our society is concerned, you get convicted of a crime, you go to prison, you serve your time, and that’s supposed to pay your debt to society. But it’s a life sentence. You serve that forever…As a society we right off prisoners, prisoners are worthless so we dehumanize them…”
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