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WHY WE THINK THE WAY WE DO?

July 22, 2007

As I explore the symbiotic relationship between the media, the government and the modern era black leadership, I hap hazzardly stumbled across this qutoe from presidential hopeful Mike Gravel. While I agree that the war on drugs is a farce, with its efforts primarlily focused on blacks & hispanics to sustain the prison industrial complex, there is dangerous component of this candidates rhetoric that further perpetuates the misinformation about blacks as well as subtlying implying another governmental solution to further handicap black america. What is that christmas song? “Do you see what I see?”

 A New War on the War on Drugs?

Because they were more interested in the “celebrity” of the events, than “critical issues” facing black communities, few took notice of former Senator Mike Gravel saying: “An area that enrages me the most is the war on drugs this country has been putting forth (during) the last generation. We have 2.3 million human beings in jail and seventy percent are African Americans. I hope my colleagues will join me in standing up and saying ‘We’ll do away with that’. If I’m president, I’ll do away with a war on drugs that does nothing but savage our inner cities and put children at risk. When will we learn that the issue of drugs is a public health issue? Addiction is a public health issue and not a criminal issue where we throw people in jail and criminalize them. If there’s one group of people in this country that needs to face up to that problem and we have had to face up to it, that is the African American community.”

Gravel pressed the point that the war on drugs is a persisting source of devastation among blacks and should end immediately. Instead of the Forum’s attendees grinning about pictures they took with the “celebrity” candidates, more should have been discussing what Gravel said about the problems for African American communities that stem from the ongoing criminalization of drugs

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