War On Drugs Targeting African Americans
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War On Drugs = Legal Discrimination

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Blacks comprise 15.1% of our population, yet within the incarcerated, Blacks represent 62.9% of the total population. Does this mean that Blacks commit more cr
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Instead of arresting large drug cartels the war on drugs has set its sights on African Americans who commit petty drug crimes, but get harsh minimum sentences. Many minorities who are tried for their crimes can’t afford good defense lawyers, and when they are provided to them they are usually advised to take plea deals. This shows the injustice in the criminal justice system African Americans get these lengthy sentences for minor crimes, but are told the sentences could be longer if pleas deals are not accepted. Discrimination has many forms and the war on drugs is one that is publicly being accepted and reinforced.

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Drug war targets minorities

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The justice system is stacked against minorities, even though white people are use drugs just as often.
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Multiple studies have shown that there is no difference in the amount of drugs that whites and blacks use, but blacks are arrested more for drug related crimes. How can the federal government supports law enforcement to arrest blacks at greater rates than whites? The land of “all men are created equal” isn’t always true when it comes to the war on drugs and who it targets. Police officers want to make more arrests to meet certain goals and minority communities are the easiest targets to pursue. No wonder there is a larger population of minorities in state and federal prisons because of the incentives that law enforcement gets for making a certain amount of arrests.

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Racism's Hidden History in the War on Drugs

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In 1909 Congress made opium smoking a federal offense by enacting the Anti-Opium Act. It reinforced Chinese racism by carving out an exception for drinking and injecting tinctures of opiates that were popular among whites.
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The decision to illegalize drugs started out of prejudice towards minorities who were using certain drugs regularly. This is interesting because even though they were using them on a daily basis as well it was decided to make them illegal when minorities were seen using them. The drug laws were targeted at the minorities and those who were accustomed to using them were the ones who were arrested and charged. The penalties for using those newly illegal drugs were harsh and aimed at catching minorities while having and using them. Major government agencies are using up their budgets to catch minorities who are involved in any drug related activities, which African Americans make up 70% of those put into prison.

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Drug War Waged Hard Against People Of Color

Drug War Waged Hard Against People Of Color | War On Drugs Targeting African Americans | Scoop.it
Attorney General Eric Holder says the war on drugs failed to stop demand and decimated black communities. Host Rachel Martin talks to University of California Santa Cruz sociology professor Craig Reinerman about drug policy since the 1970s.
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American prisons are overcrowded because of the war on drugs and the destruction that it is doing to African American communities is clearly seen. Many people who commit low level drug crimes are sentenced to harsh prison times that don’t correspond to the crime that was committed. Nixon started the war on drugs and the presence of new drugs lead to harsh drug laws. The majority of those arrested with little amounts of drugs were given lengthy sentences, which were those in minority communities.

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America's Drug War Targets Blacks Unfairly

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The commentator shares his observations after attending a Narcotics Anonymous convention, and the conclusions he made based on the numbers of people of color attending and their stories of addiction. Milloy is a metro columnist for The Washington Post.
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The war on drug punishes those who are suffering from drug addictions. Many African Americans continue to be oppressed dafter being released from prison on drug related charges find the help they need in programs where they have continued support. While the drug war may be targeting African Americans, after they are released from prison some enter support programs that help them stay clean. After facing the discrimination by criminal justice officials, the ones who are released make efforts to better themselves.

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The Impact Of America's War On Drugs On African-American Men And The Black Community

Launched in the early 1970s, the War on Drugs is the nation's longest, most expensive battle -- 40 years and hundreds of billions of dollars spent and millio...
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The drug war and the people it targets has always been about race and the socioeconomic class that they come from. African Americans make up 8.5 million adult out of 25.4 million people who were charged with drug related crimes. One point brought up is that having programs and opportunities in the communities where many drug related arrest are being made will help get people wrapped up in that lifestyle to consider and make better life choices and decisions. Similar to the way that Alcoholics Anonymous programs help those who abuse alcohol it can also be applied to drug related crimes and problems. Is the war on drugs allowing white American who commit the same drug related crimes as blacks turning a blind eye?

 

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The War on Drugs is a War on Minorities and the Poor

The War on Drugs is a War on Minorities and the Poor | War On Drugs Targeting African Americans | Scoop.it
Dr. Boyce Watkins cites some troubling statistics on the War on Drugs over at The Huffington Post: African-Americans are 62 percent of drug offenders sent to state prisons, yet they represent only 12 percent of the U. S. population. Black men are sent to state prisons on drug charges at 13 times [...]
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The war on drugs has produced mind blowing statistics on the sub populations in America that war is really being waged on. Kain states that "This war disproportionately targets blacks and other minorities and the poor across all racial demographics." How can a war on drugs have such massive and unequal results than other sub populations? The less advantages minorities and poor are easy targets for police officials than the Whites who tend to not to drug related business in public. If no one is making an effort to catch non minorities who are more likely to use drugs than there will continue to be more African Americans than any other caged in prison cells.

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Race and the War on Drugs

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In New York City, 90 percent of the cases the Brooklyn Family Defense Project handles in which kids were removed from the home due to allegations of drug use involve marijuana: Lauren Shapiro, director of the Brooklyn Family Defense Project, which defends most [...]
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Drug arrests due to the war on drugs ruins the families in communities with large populations of African Americans. Families are being torn apart, while the parents are being thrown in prisons and the children are removed from their homes. African Americans and other minorities are the main people the drug related crimes and arrests are being directed towards. I find it unbelievable that in one city alone that 91% of marijuana arrests were African Americans. If this is just in one major city for one drug, then what must it be like for other drugs in other cities?

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Race and the Drug War | Racial Discrimination in Drug Law Enforcement | Drug Policy Alliance

Race and the Drug War | Racial Discrimination in Drug Law Enforcement | Drug Policy Alliance | War On Drugs Targeting African Americans | Scoop.it
Drug war racism has resulted in the mass criminalization of communities of color through discriminatory policies and law enforcement.
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The rate of African American drug related stops, searches, and arrests are clearly racially determined. Criminal justice officials don’t seek out drug related crimes in suburban communities where the majority of residents are white. Instead they patrol urban communities where minorities live and giving them long sentences to serve out in prison. It’s hard to believe that they system is not after minorities when African Americans get harsher sentences than whites who commit the same crimes. The effect of the war on drugs makes it challenging for those released from prison to get their lives back together.

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The Racist War on Drugs

"Nadlemann argues that the prohibition of countless drugs have consistently racist underpinnings."

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It’s amazing that because minorities where believed to use certain drugs that they suddenly became illegal to use and have. When whites were using drugs that are now illegal it was considered okay, but when minorities used them fear of what they would do set in. Those fears and assumptions of what would happen if someone got out of line while on those drugs lead to the law prohibiting them. Basically, when a majority of affluent whites where the only ones doing the drugs it was okay, but when minorities start using them it needs to be made illegal because of irrational fears.

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More Blacks In Prison Than Slaves In 1850 - War On Drugs

"Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur discuss the concept that there are more African Americans in prison today..."

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The war on drugs has put millions of African Americans in prison, so many that it has passed the number of slaves that were in America in 1850. How can this be possible? Prison has become another way to keep African Americans under control, and away from the majority American population. In America drugs are used by whites and African Americans equally, then there should be an equal amount of whites and blacks in prison. That’s not the case. Affluent white Americans can get away with minor consequences, while minorities who commit similar crimes get lock away for many years.

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Richard Branson: U.S. drug war biased against blacks -- Rough Cuts - YouTube

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson is pushing for the decriminalization of drugs in the United States, but warns that will be hard since he believes the U....
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Richard Branson suggests that instead of America declaring a war on drugs that they should instead do what has successfully worked in other countries. That method is trying to help the people who are addicted to drugs instead of locking them away to rot in prison for having an addiction that they can't fight alone. But that won't happen because the drug war in America is a cover up for racist government officials to target blacks. The drug war allows the incarceration of millions of blacks for drug related crimes that white Americans in different parts of the community are getting away with.

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The Drug War And Mass Incarceration By The Numbers

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NEW YORK -- Despite an increased emphasis on treatment and prevention programs in recent years, the Obama administration in its 2013 budget still requested $25.6 billion in federal spending on the drug war. Of that, $15 billion would go to law enforcement, interdiction and international efforts.
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Since the drug war has started one trillion dollars have been spent and not much has been done except the excessive incarceration of African Americans. The war on drugs has sent many people to prison for drug related crimes, but 50 percent of those were African Americans. Some people may question whether the difference in prison race population is because a group is being targeted or not. However, data by the American Civil Liberties Union show that for White adult males 1 out of every 106 is in prison, while for African American adult males it is 1 out of every 15. If the mass incarceration has nothing to do with race then how can the facts be so disproportionate?

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