This is shocking: Nixon Aide Claims Drugs Targeted Black People.
“ … 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.”
If you are teaching your children History, Sociology or Social Studies, this information is extremely important. Whether one man’s testimony is true or not remains to be seen, but it must also be weighed with the above and from what we know during the 80’s with Rick Ross, crack cocaine and Dark Alliance.
If you haven’t seen the movie Kill the Messenger, the trailer is below and it’s definitely worth checking out. Remember, Webb died from two self-inflicted gun shots to the head. I’ll let you think about that one for a moment.
The point is this, the War On Drugs has now become part of American culture and if we are teaching about this issue, having a proper understanding of the real history is extremely important.
1.) It helps understand our nation and the “framing” that’s often done to influence policy in America. This policy has many zeros behind it in terms of practicality and who benefits and loses. In this case, Black men have lost lives and families more than any other group in this nation, and the prison industry has turned into a new form of slavery in this country.
2.) Just as important, it reminds us that the framing above influences how people see Black folks and how we see ourselves. This stereotype of the Black drug dealer preying on innocent children, robbing and killing their own mother for the next “fix”, is etched in the minds of all Americans. Therefore, to use Rodney King or Trayvon Martin as an example, if the media or police can somehow place a joint, pipe or needle in the person’s possession, anything done to them is allowable as they fit “Super Predator” status at that point and deserve no rights.
Shout out to Hillary Clinton.
As always, teach the truth, as it’s your responsibility and no one else’s.