The “War on Drugs”

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The “War on Drugs” is rigged: Now that the face of addiction is white, will anything change?

-Article excerpts by D. Watkins an Editor at Large for Salon.

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The “War on Drugs” is bullshit; it’s just another way for the top 1 percent to benefit off the pain that accompanies poverty. A bullet wound, a life sentence or an overdose for us is a paycheck for them. But alas, there’s hope­­: The new wave of white-suburban Rice-Krispies-treat-after-school soccer-program drug addicts may bring the change we all need.

Back in the ’70s, Nixon’s drug war planted the seeds that then were fertilized by Reagan and Bush in ’80s and that grew into the field of mass incarceration harvested and cosigned by Bill Clinton in the ’90s. John Ehrlichman, Nixon’s domestic policy chief, told Harper’s magazine that Nixon’s “War on Drugs” was meant to target black people.

“We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news,” explained Ehrlichman. “Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

When so many people in white communities went Percocet crazy that doctors were finally being called out for their role in creating the epidemic and forced to lessen the large amounts that they were shelling out, it was too late. Percocet is like synthetic heroin, so if the doctor cancels your prescription, you can get the same feeling from the street pharmacist, and that’s exactly what the white kids are doing. As a result, treatment centers are popping up everywhere, I hope this leads to us effectively addressing this issue. Cry

When I think about Yellow Face Kerry and his battle with addiction. White people and those in more privileged areas are starting to feel the same way.

Their plan worked. America watched the number of African-Americans being incarcerated soar past that of whites and then blacks were released into society only as partial citizens. Drug polices can easily make you unemployable, leave you ineligible for financial aid for higher education and ineligible for public housing or welfare. You are basically like a slave — a captured human with partial rights. What do you do for money? How do you assimilate? This is America, and everything has a cost. Having nothing drives a person crazy and pushes them towards two realities  —  one of a user or that of a dealer.

And even though I’d never wish that pain on anybody, I’m glad this problem is finally getting the attention it needs.

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 This article are excerpts written from the  The “War on Drugs” is rigged: Now that the face of addiction is white, will anything change? by  D. Watkins, an Editor at Large for Salon. Mr. Watkins,  is also a professor at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project and  is the author of the New York Times best-sellers “The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America” and “The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir.”