The American Drug War is Immoral
The above statement is not intended to be controversial. The immorality of the Drug War has been well documented. The failure of the drug war has been well documented. The racism of the drug war has been well documented…
Advocates of police body cams should be forewarned..
Documentation is absolutely no guarantee of justice in America..
For decades laws that were originally set up to continue the persecution of black people in a racist society still exist.. (Cannabis was outlawed essentially twice 1937 later found unconstitutional, and 1970, Racism was a more upfront reality then. Policy clearly reflects racism both times.) There has never been an honest accounting of these historic wrongs which has allowed politicians to continue these racist and immoral policies today. They fill jails on the basis of lies about cannabis and other drugs..
Cannabis is not dangerous. But they lie and say it is. Cannabis is medicine, but they lie and say its not. Cannabis does not make one want to use other drugs, is not a “gateway drug”, research shows cannabis to be an “exit drug” helping people to get off of opiates, but they will continue to lie and tell you it is so..
Cannabis is safer than coffee as far as researchers can tell but once again government policies lie and say that cannabis is as dangerous as heroin and list it as more dangerous than cocaine..
Allowing them to take peoples freedoms away if caught with the “dangerous, gateway drug cannabis which offers no medical benefit whatsoever!”
Police and law enforcement supporters conveniently dismiss the experiences of minority communities and its members as the complaints of children. Worthy of an ear but not worth doing anything about. Now that modern video has proven what thousands have complained about for decades…
Police and the DEA are allowed to lie to American citizens to do their jobs, get convictions, and protect their jobs… this means they are allowed and encouraged to lie to us as they prey on us… filling their quotas and private run jails… while people suffer in inhumane prisoner conditions.
Without the total admission of the racist and immoral injustice that continues to be waged against minorities in America, and an implemented plan of action is underway… the conversation that so many want to happen will never amount to much.
Minorities will continue to be gunned down in the street, on video.. and Police unfortunately as well, will be targets for enraged community members pushed beyond their faculties. The tit for tat police versus terrorist black gunman of the day dynamic will continue and intensify.. History is clear. All African Americans will easily be seen as terrorists after decades of being seen as violent criminals, and whatever else the society decides on. Given the current situation the most effective strategy goes to the roots of the issue. The racist and immoral drug war leads to mass incarceration, leads to distrust of police and the justice system, leads to failed society where normal and rational citizens are forced to avoid and are not served by the police but are hunted as criminals.. or, coming to a neighborhood near you any day now!!! hunted as terrorists for their political views or more easily … just being black or brown.
African-Americans and minorities have suffered hundreds of years now of being targeted by law enforcement and the wider society. The modern term for this new dynamic is a rehash of older term.. The New Jim Crow..
Police have been waging a proxy war for the powerful white society against Americas minorities and it is no longer sustainable.
Modern day slavery…
An American Caste system with no end in sight…
That is not a dynamic I would choose but its what exists and has been supported and maintained until now..
End the Drug War and we may have a way out of this as a nation.