Civil liberties expert Amanda Reiman from the Drug Policy Alliance marked the 75th anniversary of marijuana prohibition in the US this week by highlighting how the law was introduced to control non-white people as well as entertainers.
Detailing how minorities remain vastly more likely to be imprisoned for simple pot offences, she started her article with a statement from America’s notorious first drug Czar Harry Anslinger, who even kept a file during his career marked ‘'Marijuana and Musicians'.
"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,” he infamously once declared, “This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others." (Alternet: http://huff.to/UyxIan )
Ms Reiman’s article also referenced Richard L. Miller’s soon to be released documentary The House I Live In, in which the acclaimed director and author focuses on the role of the war on drugs in filling America’s vast prison gulag system and its real raison d’etre.
“Miller poses that drug laws are designed to identify, ostracize, confiscate, concentrate, and annihilate these (poor and minority) populations,” she reported, “by assigning the label of drug user, criminal, or addict, seizing property, taking away freedom and institutionalizing entire communities in our ever growing prison system.”
Analysing Prohibition in his seminal article ‘The Drug War's Dirty Secrets: What Warriors Won't Tell You’ years earlier Miller noted that ‘the typical drug user is the typical American, holding a productive job, engaging in a wholesome family life’ and chillingly compared the war on drugs to the Holocaust.
“My father was a war crimes investigator in Europe after World War II. He often chatted about how the Holocaust could have happened. Today I look around me and understand,” he said, “All it takes is a morally smug citizenry willing to tolerate the first outrage. Bureaucratic thrust will take it from there,”
(Think-About it.com: http://bit.ly/UEXN7w ) "Studies show that a person's zealotry for the drug war is based less on facts than on a personality which craves obedience. And obedience to government pronouncements in the drug war is but one manifestation of a personality that wants to obey orders in many other areas of life as well . . .)
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