Saturday, December 03, 2011

Drug War & Racism - It's Time To Quit

"When we look at modern man, we have to face the fact that modern man suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit, which stands in glaring contrast with a scientific and technological abundance. We've learned to fly the air as birds, we've learned to swim the seas as fish, yet we haven't learned to walk the Earth as brothers and sisters." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The drug war is a racist tool to oppress people. One of the tools of greed is racism, a way to play one human against the other in a 3-Card Monty style of governance.  For example during Black Wall Street, while Whites were dropping bombs from planes on one of the richest Black American communities of its day, the National Guard was arresting the riot victims as their community was raped, murdered and burned. Racism is an ugly tool used by the greedy.

As attorney Ellen Brown explains in her extraordinary book THE WEB OF DEBT: THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT OUR MONEY SYSTEM AND HOW WE CAN BREAK FREE, pg 107 "A document called the bankers manifesto of 1892 suggested that it was all part of the deliberate plan by the bankers to disenfrancisen the farmers and labors of their homes and property." The bankers own the federal reserve and the rest of the government as demonstrated in the banks being bailed out of economic crisis and not the people.  Business is beholding to banks for their very existence. 

The drug war serves the 1% by keeping families in shatters while persecuted by the police. Does anyone else find it amazing that the same president who ended alcohol prohibition was quiet as hemp prohibition went through congress? The banks are behind the drug war too. It's too easy for it to be a cash market place, ooops, hemp is the US #1 cash crop, though illegal. The only way for the bankers to thrive is to engage in prohibitionist capitalism which makes market control easier. It is as if the evil of prohibition had to be restarted for toxic products to sell and corruption to rule.

The connection between freedom and hemp is undeniable because hemp carries with it the ability to be self responsible by being self sufficient using a plant to make money, health, clean environment, etc. 1937 is the year marijuana prohibition ended.

On a recent edition of 20+ year hemp activist Casper Leitch's Time4Hemp, Hawaii's Dr. Jeri Rose revealed that hemp was a slave crop because it is hard crop to harvest and process by hand.  

Hemp hero Chris Conrad wrote in his evolutionary book HEMP LIFELINE TO THE FUTURE (subject of a future on line reading):  

"After the Civil War, hard-working African Americans continued to be gainfully employed in the labor of farming, harvesting and breaking hemp. Despite the deteriorating situation of the hemp fiber market, many of them were still employed in manufacturing cordage and rough bagging for the southern market.  

In the early 20th century, hemp farmers still depended on "the labor of Negroes."  The decline, however, continued. Eventually, more and more African-Americans moved to the cities, looking for new opportunities in households and factories.  They used their musical talent to create a thriving circut of clubs, where cannabis smoking was just another part of the scene." 

As demonstrated in his LETTER FROM A BIRMINGHAM JAIL, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would not be in favor of the drug war. For those who doubt the connection between the drug war and race, I urge you to check out the articles below on the subject and the need to make radical changes that results in the end of the war on drugs and the beginning of a crop financed Hemp For Victory program.

We are overcoming now!

Racism, Marijuana Prohibition and the States 

"Jazz Age

Marijuana was "popular with the jazz crowd" a predominantly black art form and thought of as perhaps the only truly American art form. As it permeated the cities the government began creating propaganda to instill fear, as had been done with Mexican workers in El Paso, of the effects of the drug. This campaign was effective and the remaining states who had abstained from participation signed on. With the passage of a federal law in 1937, 4 years after prohibition of alcohol ended, "over night a new class of criminals was created." 

Alcohol prohibition was a major part of the Harlem Renaissance because night clubs would serve illegal liquor and offer a whole new wave of black entertainment. Many New Yorkers from down the island began to mingle in Harlem crowds and a black intelligentsia emerged. The cultural movement declined after repeal."

Racism Quotes / Quotations

There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.
more Harry J. Anslinger quotes
Reefer makes darkies think they're as good as white men.
more Harry J. Anslinger quotes
...the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.
more Harry J. Anslinger quotes
Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.
more Harry J. Anslinger quotes"

Pot as Pretext: Marijuana, Race, and the New Disorder in New York City Street Policing

"The racial skew, questionable constitutionality, and limited efficiency of marijuana enforcement in detecting serious crimes suggest that nonwhite New Yorkers bear a racial tax from contemporary policing strategy, a social cost not offset by any substantial observed benefits to public safety."

Marijuana and racial inequality

“Young black people are arrested at seven times the rate of young white people for marijuana. But every government survey on this has shown that young white people use marijuana more than blacks or Latinos,” Harry G. Levine, professor of sociology at Queens College, City University of New York,  told Salon.

A survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, for example, showed that among people aged 18 to 25, the percentage of whites who had used marijuana in their lifetime was around ten percent points higher than the percentage of blacks. Similarly, more young whites had used marijuana within a month of answering the survey than had young black people."


"Various observers have raised charges of possible discrimination against the NYPD’s aggressive law enforcement practices during the 1990s (Amnesty International, 1996; Curtis, 1998; Eterno, 2001; Harcourt, 2001; McArdle and Erzen, 2001; Spitzer, 1999). New York State’s Attorney General reported that the “Stop-and-Frisk” program (in which civilians were temporarily detained, questioned, and sometimes searched) disproportionately affected NYC’s blacks and Hispanics (Spitzer, 1999). Whereas blacks comprised 26% of NYC’s population, they accounted for 51% of all stops. Hispanics comprised 24% of the population but accounted for 33% of all stops. In strong contrast, whites comprised 43% of the population and yet accounted for only 13% of all stops."

"This study has shown that MPV (marijuana in public view) arrest has become one of the NYPD’s biggest law enforcement activities since the mid-1990s. In 2000, there were more than 50,000 MPV arrests accounting for 15% of all NYC arrests, more than any nondrug misdemeanor arrest charge and rivaling the number of controlled substance arrests. This study further documented that the burden of MPV arrest has been falling disproportionately on blacks and Hispanics and that members of these minority groups, on average, have been receiving harsher treatment within the criminal justice system. Black and Hispanic MPV arrestees have been more likely than their white counterparts to be detained, convicted, and sentenced to further time in jail even controlling for prior arrests. These results suggest it is time to reassess whether the NYPD’s goal of keeping marijuana smoking out of public locations can be met through a less punitive approach. We have provided several recommendations towards this end."

Now get out there and do something about this. Buy and Use Hemp. Demand An End To The Drug War. Grab a hoe because this is the Promised Land.

The drug war and racism, it's truly time to quit so that we can save ourselves.  Do it now!

1 comment:

Heathen Lovechild said...

An excellent article, thank you.