“The War On Drugs”

Black people were brought to this country for labor. The history of slavery is no secret, but after slavery, what happened? Reconstruction, the Black Nadir, Jim Crow and post-civil rights movement. All throughout these eras there have been ways that African-Americans have been denied their rights. In slavery, we were denied our right to freedom, in the Reconstruction and Black Nadir we were forced into a system of peonage, which was virtually slavery only modified, in Jim Crow we were denied our civil rights…today mass incarceration of African-Americans and other people of color is the new injustice. Blacks disproportionately make up the prison population.

Why? After the civil rights movement when housing discrimination became imminent, Black neighborhoods were red-lined and denied the right to mortgage and property value declined. When jobs were removed from these areas, the poverty created a culture of desperation. When the CIA introduced drugs into the Black community, a downward spiral occurred. That is when the war on drugs started and that is where things are today.

The war on drugs was said to have began in the Nixon administration, it was meant to put an end to the “culture of drugs,” that was destroying America, but instead it further disenfranchised millions of Black Americans, Brown Americans and poor whites, but disproportionately affected Black Americans. The systematic denial of jobs, proper housing and adequate schools coupled with the “sudden appearance,” of drugs in the Black community created a vulnerable environment into which some young Black Americans were sucked in.



– Government denies rights of Blacks in slavery, black nadir, Jim Crow, the present

– throughout 19th century, opium, cocaine, marijuana and other drugs were readily available to high class whites. They were used in medicine and common household products, if a person became addicted they weren’t treated as criminal, but seen as victims of a health-related issue.

– An influx of immigrants from China and Central/South American as well as an influx of Blacks moving North during the great migration prompted officials to create drug laws that penalized drug users as criminals, instead of victims of health-related issues. These laws were designed to keep POC out of factory and other blue collar jobs.

– poverty created when black neighborhoods red-lined after the great migration, jobs removed from black areas

– drugs introduced into the black community, only source of income, many succumb to temptation

– even though blacks only make up small portion of drug users in US, they are arrested at the highest rates and incarcerated for drugs

– drugs laws like crack vs. cocaine disparity, minimum sentencing  unfairly target Blacks, especially poor Blacks, while they excuse wealthy whites by cutting them slack

– police are just pawns in the system, they earn money off of arrests they make so they can feed their families. This fuels distrust and disdain for police within black community

– companies and corporations have a vested interest in maintaining the prison industrial complex and keeping blacks, POC and poor whites in prison so they can get their products made for free

– those incarcerated lose their rights, including right to vote, right to live in certain neighborhoods, increasingly difficult to become employed after being incarcerated.

– When these people unable to find jobs, homes or vote, they succumb to a life of crime, end up back in prison and the cycle begins again

– Jobs being sent overseas causes poor whites to lose Blue collar jobs, they become new target of war on drugs

– the increase in incarceration creates culture of violence, spreads diseases, breaks up families, creates cycle of poverty and ultimately culture of violence leads to death of  young Black males…

Does this seem like genocide to you?

7 thoughts on ““The War On Drugs””

  1. I notice the blacks and latinos are the ones mostly dealing drugs they are foot soldiers while the whites are the ones making it.And the no snitching policy also helps keep the higher rank drug kings outta prison.Now states are trying to legalize marijuana a drug choice of white teens so they won’t be touched.why not go after the heroin and cocaine users as hard as the crack users.I hope more black people wake up and don’t touch or even look at drugs because they will be the first ones locked up.i heard that coca cola used to put cocaine in their soda that’s how it got its name and u notice whites are the ones mostly drinking coke lol.


  2. i think drugs were created to keep customers coming for pharmacies,prisons,and so cops could have a job. If there were no drugs then cops would have an easier job and less would be needed.Because we do have drugs they created a team of police that go after drug dealers. Drugs are bad but the injustice is that the courts and police go after certain ones and don’t look at the drugs the same.according to drug policy.org, Criminal penalties for possession and sale of powder and crack cocaine are severe. Despite recent federal reforms of crack sentencing laws, much higher penalties still exist for possession and sale of crack, despite the fact that, pharmacologically, it is the same drug as cocaine. Possession of 28 grams of crack cocaine yields a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for a first offense; it takes 500 grams of powder cocaine to prompt the same sentence.


  3. By any reasonable definition, yes it is genocide. My personal testimony is that I am a white male unintended victim of this attempt at genocide. Sadly, most white males infantilise anyone who attempts to seriously tell them the world does actually treat some people like shit.


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