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The 'War on Drugs' is Quantifiably Racist

In statistical, scientific, and measurable analysis, the policy and law-enforcement practices that have been produced by the myth that drugs are society's number one threat form a system of oppression for black Americans in particular and are therefore racist. Despite full knowledge of this fact, many who benefit from the prison industrial complex, or gain political advantage from talking tough about drug crimes, do little or nothing to correct or stop it.

A new book The New Jim Crow and a new documentary The House I Live In, reveal the truth.

A Few Facts:

  • There are more blacks under correctional control today—in prison or jail, on probation or parole—than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began
  • As of 2004, more African American men were disenfranchised (due to felon disenfranchisement laws) than in 1870, the year the Fifteenth Amendment was ratified prohibiting laws that explicitly deny the right to vote on the basis of race
  • Over 1 Trillion dollars ($1,000,000,000,000) has been spent on the 'War on Drugs', yet drugs are no less accessible, used, sold, or potent
  • Black Americans constitute 13% of all drug users, but 35% of those arrested for drug possession, 55% of persons convicted, and 74% of people sent to prison

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