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1   Aphroman   ignore (3)   2018 Jun 13, 12:12pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Last year, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) filed a bill that would have established a commission to study the impact of mass incarceration and forced prison labor on black Americans. It also sought answers from the commission as to whether the federal government should “offer a formal apology on behalf of the people of the United States to the African-American victims of the ‘War on Drugs’ and their descendants” and whether “any form of compensation to the victims of the ‘War on Drugs’ and their descendants is warranted.”

Coleman’s new resolution is supported by 27 cosponsors and a number of civil rights and drug policy organizations, including the Drug Policy Alliance, NAACP and the Sentencing Project.
2   Aphroman   ignore (3)   2018 Jun 13, 12:13pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

To acknowledge that the War on Drugs has been a failed policy in achieving the goal of reducing drug use, and for the House of Representatives to apologize to the individuals and communities that were victimized by this policy.

Whereas, until the early 1900s, most of today’s illegal substances were not regulated by the Federal Government, and there was no “War on Drugs”;

Whereas, in the 1930s, the first Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, Harry J. Anslinger, who was a strong opponent to marijuana, pushed a heavy propaganda campaign to demonize marijuana use, stating that it caused people to be violent and criminals;

Whereas much of this propaganda was racially charged against the Mexican-American community, for example as Commissioner Anslinger testified to the 75th Congress in 1937 that, “I wish I could show you what a small marijuana cigarette can do to one of our degenerate Spanish speaking residents. That’s why our problem is so great; the greatest percentage of our population is composed of Spanish-speaking persons, most of who are low mentally, because of social and racial conditions”;

Whereas, in 1937, the 75th Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act which criminalized marijuana, and laws passed during the following years were introduced to institute mandatory minimum sentences for those who bought, sold, and used the drug;

Whereas over the course of the next few decades, studies conducted by scientists did not find any connection between the use of marijuana and violent behaviors, and in 1973 the Shafer Commission Report on Marijuana and Drugs concluded that, “The Commission believes that the contemporary American drug problem has emerged in part from our institutional response to drug use. … We have failed to weave policy into the fabric of social institutions.”;

Whereas despite mounting evidence, the Federal Government’s approach to the abuse of drugs continued to be one of criminalizing drug abuse instead of treatment;

Whereas, on June 18, 1971, President Richard Nixon declared the War on Drugs, stating that drug abuse is “public enemy number one”;

Whereas the Federal Government’s attitude toward drug use as a criminal problem only intensified with stricter drug laws, and the Government put little to no focus on treating those impacted;

Whereas the War on Drugs was admitted to be a move by the Nixon administration to attack his political opponents, and in 1994, President Richard Nixon’s aide John Ehrlichman admitted in an interview that the War on Drugs was a tool to arrest and manipulate Blacks and liberals stating, “We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”;

Whereas in 1986, the 99th Congress passed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act establishing, for the first time, mandatory minimum sentences for those convicted of having specific amounts of cocaine;

Whereas, in 1989, drug czar William Bennett announced a $7,900,000,000 plan to combat the drug epidemic, but 70 percent of that amount went to hiring more law enforcement personnel and building prisons;

Whereas that money could have been better used to help provide treatment to the victims of those on heroin, cocaine, and other drugs;

Whereas, in 1986, the 99th Congress increased the sentences for dealing and possessing crack cocaine, and in a few years, enhanced law enforcement presence loomed over and aggressively policed communities of color;

Whereas to this day, these laws greatly target communities of color, dramatically increasing the incarceration rate of these communities and imposing a stigma that people of color are the main users of drugs, despite White Americans using at a similar if not greater rate
3   Aphroman   ignore (3)   2018 Jun 13, 12:22pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Wow. Talk about Making America Great Again! The Liberals are bringing the racist underpinnings of the Right Wingers War on Drugs out into the light of day. To acknowledge that they are Failed Losers, and to offer up formal apology.

It’s no wonder why so called “patriots” Libertarian/Republicans sat by idly and quietly rooted for the War on Drugs to continue:


Whereas the War on Drugs was admitted to be a move by the Nixon administration to attack his political opponents, and in 1994, President Richard Nixon’s aide John Ehrlichman admitted in an interview that the War on Drugs was a tool to arrest and manipulate Blacks and liberals stating, “We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”


States Rights?
Return to Law and Order?
Personal Responsibility?
Freedom?

Trumpublicans would gladly sacrifice everything it means to be an American, so long as they think it’s only weaponized against Liberals and blacks and Mexicans. This is an indisputable fact(not that anyone ever tries to challenge it anyway) and the reason why i never trust these people with our government. They’re not that smart, easily manipulated, blind with hate, and at their core just plain shitty Americans. It will be interesting to see how many Republicans become liberals this November when the liberals make this issue front and center
4   Hassan_Rouhani   ignore (2)   2018 Jun 13, 1:35pm   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

No call for "reparations"? Weak.
5   drB6   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 13, 1:37pm   ↑ like (4)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

If race-baiting would be taken out of these resolutions, they would actually be pretty good.
6   Aphroman   ignore (3)   2018 Jun 13, 3:39pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

drB6 says
If race-baiting would be taken out of these resolutions, they would actually be pretty good.


That’s an odd response to their suggestion.

Is it race baiting to point out that the war on Drugs was born of racism? Obviously perpetuated by racism.
7   drB6   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 13, 4:06pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Aphroman says
Is it race baiting to point out that the war on Drugs was born of racism? Obviously perpetuated by racism.

Most likely, cause for failed war against drugs was that someone profited from it. Pharmaceutical companies, prison guards, etc.
8   BlueSardine   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 13, 4:11pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

If libbies ever ran out of things to guilt out about they'd pull a Bourdaine in a BourInstant...
9   RC2006   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 13, 5:39pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Aphroman says
Is it race baiting to point out that the war on Drugs was born of racism? Obviously perpetuated by racism.


You see every issue through the glasses of racism. Drugs are in general bad for humans because people abuse them it has nothing to do with racism. I suppose prohibition was racist to right? I will be the first person to say for the most part the war on drugs was a failure but its intentions for the most part were not bad and came from the fact a lot of people have suffered from the abuse of drugs.
10   Aphroman   ignore (3)   2018 Jun 13, 6:05pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

RC2006 says
Aphroman says
Is it race baiting to point out that the war on Drugs was born of racism? Obviously perpetuated by racism.


You see every issue through the glasses of racism. Drugs are in general bad for humans because people abuse them it has nothing to do with racism. I suppose prohibition was racist to right? I will be the first person to say for the most part the war on drugs was a failure but its intentions for the most part were not bad and came from the fact a lot of people have suffered from the abuse of drugs.


I do? Which issues are you referring to?

I’m merely posting quotes from the article taken from legislators who are simply using data. On this one particular issue.

It’s very obvious that the Cannabis Prohibition was born of racism and has only survived this long because of racism. Why is this glaringly obvious truth so impossible for you guys to own?


Do you deny the propaganda of the 1930’s existed?

Do you deny that The Nixon admin :

Whereas the War on Drugs was admitted to be a move by the Nixon administration to attack his political opponents, and in 1994, President Richard Nixon’s aide John Ehrlichman admitted in an interview that the War on Drugs was a tool to arrest and manipulate Blacks and liberals stating, “We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
11   Aphroman   ignore (3)   2018 Jun 13, 6:07pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

RC2006 says
Aphroman says
Is it race baiting to point out that the war on Drugs was born of racism? Obviously perpetuated by racism.


You see every issue through the glasses of racism. Drugs are in general bad for humans because people abuse them it has nothing to do with racism. I suppose prohibition was racist to right? I will be the first person to say for the most part the war on drugs was a failure but its intentions for the most part were not bad and came from the fact a lot of people have suffered from the abuse of drugs.


Did the War on Drugs result in less people suffering from the abuse of drugs? Or more people? So then what was the point?
12   RC2006   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 13, 6:35pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Aphroman says
Did the War on Drugs result in less people suffering from the abuse of drugs? Or more people? So then what was the point?


What does any of that have to do with you saying it is all about racism?
13   Aphroman   ignore (3)   2018 Jun 13, 6:45pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

RC2006 says
Aphroman says
Did the War on Drugs result in less people suffering from the abuse of drugs? Or more people? So then what was the point?


What does any of that have to do with you saying it is all about racism?


Why do some people answer a question with a question? That’s not how it works


right? I will be the first person to say for the most part the war on drugs was a failure but its intentions for the most part were not bad and came from the fact a lot of people have suffered from the abuse of drugs.
14   RC2006   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 13, 7:11pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Will on that I agree with you.

On your question I can't answer that because hindsight is 20/20 and nobody could say honestly what would have happened if things were done differently. Personally all I can say is I think for the most part it was a failure like I already said.
15   Quigley   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 13, 7:14pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

If black people would have just stopped using and selling drugs, they’d never have been “abused” by the war on drugs!
Or are you saying that blacks are so irresponsible and child-like that they can’t possibly be responsible for their own actions?
If so, that’s a pretty racist stance to take!
You should be ashamed of yourself.
16   Aphroman   ignore (3)   2018 Jun 13, 7:15pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Quigley says
If black people would have just stopped using and selling drugs, they’d never have been “abused” by the war on drugs!
Or are you saying that blacks are so irresponsible and child-like that they can’t possibly be responsible for their own actions?
If so, that’s a pretty racist stance to take!
You should be ashamed of yourself.


This doesn’t make any sense
17   TwoScoopsOfDragonEnergy   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 13, 7:19pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Apologize, Shitlords!
18   Hassan_Rouhani   ignore (2)   2018 Jun 13, 9:34pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Aphroman says
Quigley says
If black people would have just stopped using and selling drugs, they’d never have been “abused” by the war on drugs!
Or are you saying that blacks are so irresponsible and child-like that they can’t possibly be responsible for their own actions?
If so, that’s a pretty racist stance to take!
You should be ashamed of yourself.


This doesn’t make any sense


It actually does.
19   Aphroman   ignore (3)   2018 Jun 13, 10:27pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Hassan_Rouhani says
Aphroman says
Quigley says
If black people would have just stopped using and selling drugs, they’d never have been “abused” by the war on drugs!
Or are you saying that blacks are so irresponsible and child-like that they can’t possibly be responsible for their own actions?
If so, that’s a pretty racist stance to take!
You should be ashamed of yourself.


This doesn’t make any sense


It actually does.


Explain
20   CBOEtrader   ignore (2)   2018 Jun 13, 11:08pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

RC2006 says
Aphroman says
Is it race baiting to point out that the war on Drugs was born of racism? Obviously perpetuated by racism.


Is it wrong to point out that abortion and the welfare state were born of racism and perpetuated by racism?




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