In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, I was doing a great deal of research on topical events tied to the murder. One of those topics is the racist War on Drugs. I had planned a two-part series on the War on Drugs and how it was a racist institution from its inception. … Continue reading The DEA’s Whitewashing of Harry J. Anslinger
The Beginning The War on Drugs started much earlier than most people think. The first salvo on the War on Drugs was the Smoking Opium Exclusion Act of 1909. Opium was banned for recreational purposes. The next volley was the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914, which regulated and taxed cocaine and heroin. Additional laws adding … Continue reading The War on Drugs – Part I
In my last post about systemic racism, I provided ample evidence that there is indeed systemic racism in the criminal justice system. That said, it's don't hate the playa, hate the game. What that means is that I'm not blaming law enforcement officers as much as the system. The laws themselves are biased; cops have too … Continue reading Causes of Systemic Racism
In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, there's a lot of talk about systemic racism, especially in regards to the criminal justice system. What does that mean? Though some may disagree, it does not mean (nor am I implying) that police officers are racist. Statistically speaking, some are racist, most are not. That … Continue reading Systemic Racism?
The murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin has aroused a range of emotions across the country. Some are sympathetic, some are enraged, some are defensive, and inexplicably...some are in outright denial. As it took me some time to carefully research and consider the facts before writing this post, … Continue reading The Murder of George Floyd – Minimization