I’m writing about George Curry’s thoughtful column: \”The Drug War on African-Americans\” (2-20-08). The so-called war on drugs is going as planned.
The United States is the most incarcerated nation on the planet and in history. Thanks primarily to our counter-productive war on drugs, which is actually a war on (politically selected) people.
And black people are the (politically-selected) people. White people arrested and imprisoned in the drug war are just \”collateral damage.\”
H. R. Haldeman, President Nixon’s Chief of Staff, wrote in his diary:
\”(President Nixon) emphasized that you have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks. The key is to devise a system that recognizes this while not appearing to.\”
Our war on some (politically-selected) drugs has been an ideal system of going after the blacks without appearing to do so.
Today’s racists aren’t using fire hoses or ax handles. They’re using the war on drugs.
Where is the outrage? Until there is massive outrage–nothing will change.