Great article from Charles Blow of the New York Times. I couldn’t agree more. To me this just shows how policies wrapped up in racially coded language and executed in a racist manner, where politicians only weigh what is politic rather than what is right leads us to where we are now. Say nothing about the prison-industrial complex and the prison lobby that manages to privatize prisons for profit and pay to influence legislatures.
I guess you get what you pay for…
And no group has been more targeted and suffered more damage than the black community. As the A.C.L.U. pointed out last week, “The racial disparities are staggering: despite the fact that whites engage in drug offenses at a higher rate than African-Americans, African-Americans are incarcerated for drug offenses at a rate that is 10 times greater than that of whites.”An effort meant to save us from a form of moral decay became its own insidious brand of moral perversion — turning people who should have been patients into prisoners, criminalizing victimless behavior, targeting those whose first offense was entering the world wrapped in the wrong skin. It feeds our achingly contradictory tendency toward prudery and our overwhelming thirst for punishment. – Charles Blow
- It’s Official After 40 Years: War on Drugs is a Bust! (theroot.com)
- “An effort meant to save us from a form of moral decay became its own insidious brand of moral…” (underpaidgenius.com)
- The War on Drugs is a War Against Black People (jeffwinbush.com)
- True cost of drugs: More than half of inmates currently in U.S. federal prisons were convicted of narcotic offenses (prisonmovement.wordpress.com)
June 12, 2011 | Categories: Politics, Race | Tags: African American, Crime and Justice, Drug-related crime, Mississippi, New York Times, Prison, Race and Racism, United States, War on Drugs | 1 Comment