The War on Drug was systematically targeted toward people of African descent over the last three decades. In this light America’s War on Drugs should be critically evaluated and understood as a mere political tool to oppress Black and Latino communities nationwide. Without a shadow of doubt ethnicity has played a pivotal role in the clandestine governmental conspiracy to identify and specifically target these communities, utilizing covert military tactics and police control. Although America has remained silent in its deadly role, I want to explore the draconian drug sentences that were implemented as a result of anti-drug legislation that were executed by the very same political culprits that systematically place the drugs in the Black community.
President Ronald Reagan grabbed his War on Drugs baton from his predecessor Richard Nixon. In the early eighties, President Reagan boldly waged his war on drugs. Reagan swore to the American people in 1982 during a weekly radio broadcast that he would campaign against all drugs hard, soft or otherwise. President Reagan articulated his plan in military language, exemplifying words like ‘war,” and ‘battle.’ Vowing to win the war on drugs the Reagan Administration increased the anti- drug budget and unleashed a special militant state and federal drug task force into the African American community nationwide.
The Reagan administration launched a propaganda campaign specifically designed to demonize drug use in the public’s eyes. While the media established African American and Latino drug dealers as the nation’s public enemy number one in efforts to wage their war on drugs. Historically, the U.S. Government waged the same war against Italian Gangsters during the prohibition era. Nevertheless, remaining steadfast to American political agendas President Bush and Clinton continued to expand upon the drug policies put into motion by Nixon and Reagan.
When the War on Drug is critically evaluated from a military stratagem the perceived drug threat was nothing more than government propaganda created to target and destroy the African American Community. As a result, any city U.S.A. the Black community is still war torn, traumatize and economically disenfranchise as a direct consequence of the drug war.
The war waged by the Reagan administration was devastating to say the least— neighbors bombarded with SWAT teams, D.E.A and local drug task force agencies terrorize the black community with military style aggression. While those that live in other ethnic communities cheered America on from afar for winning the war on drugs. This travesty of injustice was waged almost entirely in the black and Latino community. Although, some studies suggest that white youth are more prone to engage in the act of selling illegal narcotics. In fact, white youth, number of drug –related emergency room visits triples that of their African American counterparts.
In addition, statistics show that Blacks incarcerated for drug crimes are disproportionate as a direct result of blatant discriminatory practices displayed by police and governmental authorities. The American judicial system sentences African Americans crack dealers to lengthier prison sentences while White drug distributors receive lighter prison sentences for possessing higher drug quantities in its powered cocaine form. This implies that a small time crack dealer in possession of 5 grams of crack was once sentenced as if he got arrested with 500 grams or a half kilo of cocaine. However, there is no scientific or judicial reasoning to justify the judicial lynching exercise by federal courts in distinguishing how it rationalizes sentencing African Americans to the draconian prison sentences for possessing less drugs when compared to their White counterparts other than blatant racism along the lines with slavery, Jim Crow and segregation.
The gross disparities that are prevalent in the criminal justice system is deeply rooted in the differential treatment of the descendants of African in America since the arrival of their ancestors off the slave ships. Subtle Government war tactics such as ‘Driving While Black,’ ‘Drug Raids,’ and ‘overly aggressive policing’ in the African American community in comparison to other ethnic neighborhoods is self-evident. This type of policing has pervaded Black culture in America since slavery. Evidence and statistics show that Blacks are more likely to be detained, investigated on invalidated suspicions more often than any other ethnic group.
Ultimately, the allegations that I make in this essay would be construed as conspiratorial in nature and I a conspiracy theorist. However, the Freedom of Information act validates documentation of official U.S. knowledge of Ronald Reagan and Oliver North involvement in drug trafficking.
In his entry for August 9, 1985 Oliver North summarized a meeting with Robert Owen (Rob) his liaison with the contras, They discuss a plane used by Mario Calero ,brother of Adolfo Calero, head of the FDN, to transport supplies from New Orleans to contras in Honduras, North writes: Honduran DC- which is being used for runs out of New Orleans is probably being used for drug runs into U.S. As Lorraine Adams reported in October 22, 1994 Washington Post.
When one critically evaluates America’s war on drugs, the identity of the intended target is obvious by the ‘P.O.W.s,’ or Prisoner of War that were nothing more than political pawns in America genocidal plot to depopulate the African American Community. President Reagan’s declaration of a “WAR” conceptually implied the use of force to entrap and incarcerate African American males who were dupe into the media hype and glamorization of dealing drugs.
Michael Tonry , a law professor and criminologist at the University of Minnesota, wrote a book entitled ‘Malign Neglect: Rac, Crime and Punishment in America. According to Tonry’s research he concluded that the racial disparities in America’s Judicial system was not merely coincidental, but resulted from a meticulous thought out plan calculated by the government to increase the percentage of Blacks in prison. One could easily infer and conclude based on the overwhelming amount of circumstantial evidence the U.S. government knew that the war on drugs was fallacy, and the draconian drug laws that were implemented to combat the War on Drugs would not work. In addition, Tonry charged that U.S. government were fully conscious that the harsh and ineffective anti-drug policies of the Reagan and Bush would adversely impact African American males.
Without a doubt America’s War on Drugs has been the biggest miscarriage of justice committed against the African American community since the institution of slavery. In the “era of political correctness” a considerable amount of effort has been done to whitewash the United States bloodstained hand from its role in systematically placing crack in the Black Community.
Here are a few facts that run counter to America’s triumphant War on Drugs narrative:
Today there are more African Americans icarcerated—in juvenile, state and federal prison , on probation or parole—than were enslaved in 1850.
As of 2004, more African American men as a result of felony convictions suffered because of disenfranchisement laws than in 1870, the year the Fifteenth Amendment was ratified prohibiting Blacks from voting.
The black family structure has suffered the greatest impact as a result of America’s war on drugs. Single family homes are more prevalent today than a child born during slavery. The mass incarceration of black males ultimately led to the disintegration of the African American family.
Let’s critically examine prisoners, felons; a disproportionate number of inner-city black males have been stigmatized with having to live with being labeled and ostracized as a convicted felon for life. This social underclass of convicted felons are not allowed to vote, challenged with obtaining gainful employment, housing, and education. Consequently, facing similar challenges as their predecessors during the Jim Crow era.
There is, of course a reasonable explanation for all this: The disproportionate numbers associated with the escalating black prison population exploding over the span of a few short decades is a direct result of the war on drugs. The question that I pose is who created this permanent underclass?
The bitter truth, U.S. crime statistics don’t explain the astronomical increase in the number of African Americans males imprison during the past thirty years. Contrary to popular belief, crimes rates are at an all-time low— yet black male incarceration rates have consistently soared. Unfortunately, this is primarily the result of America’s War on Drugs— the federal inmate population increased by two-thirds alone as a result of mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines and state correctional facilities escalated by 50%. In some states, Blacks comprise 80 to 90 percent of drug offenders incarcerated nationwide.
America criminalized black males in urban movies like New Jack City and ScarFace that glamorize drug culture. Moreover, corporate record labels exploited ghetto youth by providing them with million dollar record deals to embellish the gangster lifestyle associated with drug dealing. Thus, making it alluring to impoverished ghetto youth. On the contrary, the media demonize drug dealing which made the harsh legislation and draconian prison sentences sociably justified in the eyes of the American people. This is why the drug war was waged in the poor and economically disenfranchised black and brown communities which excluded the middle class white suburbs.
Ultimately, America created a new social under caste in relatively three decades— a new modern day Jim Crow system. Millions of African American males are now plagued with criminal records and are legally denied the same freedoms that were once denied to their enslaved ancestors.