In 1971 President Richard Nixon declared an all out war on drugs. Over 40 years later the war rages on with millions of non violent criminals being locked away for drug crimes. In Houston, New York, Los Angeles, Austin, and every other major city in the U.S., drug arrests have gone through the roof. The film below is a 2 hour look at the drug war in these here United States of America.
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A very interesting video.
The drug war has cost more lives and treasure than any other war in American history. Any police officer or defense attorney specializing in drug cases you run across will tell you, most people arrested for drug crimes aren’t violent criminals and are generally good people. Unfortunately, having a drug crime on your criminal background will leave a sour taste in people’s mouth before then even get the opportunity to meet you.
During prohibition it was proven that making alcoholic beverages illegal created crime waves. The same is true as it relates to the criminalization of drugs, which in American history, is a fairly new phenomenon.
The criminalization of cocaine was based in part on the fear that allowing cocaine to remain legal would make black men a threat to white women.
The video also shows how crack cocaine was heavily promotion by state run media in the United States, which did not fail to notify the American public of how cheap and potent crack cocaine could be.
Interesting Tidbits from the American Drug War Documentary
- Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County Arizona Sheriff, is featured and interview in the documentary. He’s famous for dressing his prisoners in pink and housing them outside in Tent Cities.
- Meth Amphetamine is the new drug that is taking the place of crack cocaine due to its ease of use and ability to be cooked up from common substances found at hardware stores and pharmacies.
- The concept of meth being the new moonshine is analogized in the video review of the drug war. I guess it is though. People make in hidden makeshift factories as was once done with moonshine during the alcohol prohibition.
- There could be an argument for a prison farm slave system considering that profitable (for-profit) prisons are commonplace. This creates an incentive for the government, or people in commanding positions within the government as well as the owners of corporately owned private prisons, to keep the jails full. Keeping jails full is easier when you can prosecute people for being addicted to a criminalized chemical substance.
Sixteen percent of Louisiana prisoners are compelled to perform farm labor, as are 17 percent of Texas prisoners and a full 40 percent of Arkansas prisoners, according to the 2002 Corrections Yearbook, compiled by the Criminal Justice Institute. They are paid little to nothing for planting and picking the same crops harvested by slaves 150 years ago. Source
- The sweep of black people for alleged drug crimes in Tulia, TX was also highlighted as being a profit scheme set on getting grant money from the government. Sentences for people arrested during the racially cleansing style Tulia, TX drug crime sweeps ranged from 75 years to over 300 years.
- The CIA didn’t make crack. The CIA imported cocaine, gave it to Ricky Ross, and he made crack and sold it on the streets, thus the 1980’s crack epidemic in the black community. They even sent people to school for marketing to learn how sell a product. That product was cocaine-crack.