After 40 years of impoverished black men getting prison time for selling weed, white men are planning to get rich doing the same things. So that’s why I think we have to start talking about reparations for the war on drugs. How do we repair the harms caused?
In spite of growing national awareness about the commercial sexual exploitation of children, broad-reaching resources and “wrap services” remain limited. For Lisa, a young Seattle-area woman struggling to leave a life of sex work and addiction, this is literally a life or death issue.
A true paradox lies at the heart of the Clinton legacy. Both Hillary and Bill continue to enjoy enormous popularity among African Americans despite the devastating legacy of a presidency that resulted in the impoverishment and incarceration of hundreds of thousands of poor and working-class black people. Most shockingly, the total numbers of state and federal inmates grew more rapidly under Bill Clinton than under any other president, including the notorious Republican drug warriors Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush. This fact alone should at least make one pause before granting unquestioning fealty to Hillary, but of course there are many others, including her entry into electoral politics through the 1964 Goldwater campaign, resolute support for the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, race-baiting tactics in the 2008 election, and close ties to lobbyists for the private prison industry. Nevertheless, until the encounter with BLM protestors in August 2015, few publicly called out the Clintons’ shared culpability for our contemporary prison nation that subjects a third of African American men to a form of correctional control in their lifetime.
Harm reduction interventions such as needle and syringe programs and
opioid substitution therapy are low cost but have remarkably high
impact, keeping HIV infection rates low among people who inject drugs
and saving lives and healthcare costs. Yet many
countries still do not provide harm reduction and global funding for it
amounts to just $160 million –
only 7% of what is needed.
What is 19 years going to do? It wont stop drug use. It won’t stop the next person from selling fake or real drugs. How’s about get her job training at 1/100 of the cost of her incarceration. Then she can contribute to society. Could you imagine a world were we actually tried to help people instead of constantly punishing them? #WarOnDrugs #Police #Cops #America
Today, “A History of The War on Drugs: From Prohibition to Gold Rush” was released, narrated by Jay Z, featuring the art work of Molly Crabapple and produced by Dream Hampton.
The video takes us through a concise history of the War on Drugs, the excessively punitive laws for drug offenders (mostly people of color caught with marijuana), and the racism behind the ballooning prison population of people of color in the United States.
If you haven’t seen it, check out this clip and take yourself over to: bit.ly/warondrugsfailvid.