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Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by APlotdevice, Mar 25, 2016.
Full story: http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/23/polit...chard-nixon-drug-war-blacks-hippie/index.html
You'll need more than a diary entry to prove Nixon was racist. The guy was a card-carrying member of the NAACP! That fact was used against him by segregationists (i.e., Democrats) painting him as an "integrationist and the lapdog of African Americans". At the top of the handbill that included that quote was the caption "Vice President Richard M. Nixon Has Been an NAACP Member for Over 10 Years!".
Marijuana was criminalized in 1937 mainly because it was enjoyed by blacks and Mexicans. That's when the drug war really began.
Paranoid idiots. If they'd just let everyone lie around getting stoned, who would have got it together to go down to DC for anti-war marches? Who would have thought to protest being lied to over the carpet-bombing of Cambodia? They could have done whatever they wanted in Washington. Pass the pipe, peace, man.
Highly doubtful. And I mean highly, that many hippies and blacks were stoned out of their gourds. We could say the drugs were a plot to stupify America's young.
Whatever else, drugs are about such phenomenal amounts of money that one despairs of the worth of a "war" on them except via helping people elect not to start down the path that enriches the dealers and impoverishes the lives of the addicted, their families, employers, neighbors. Meanwhile offering global opportunities for politicians, police, armies to profit from the efforts of the cartels to meet the demand.
Ithaca, NY very recently announced a program for addicts to receive legal injection of small amounts of heroin under supervision with an aim towards getting them into rehab and at least stopping rash of overdose deaths. It has met with predictable reactions, both positive and negative. Don't know how long it will last and don't even know what I think of it.
It's not like a real life imitation of scenes from The Wire, by any means. Nonetheless it's a departure from the usual approach to heroin addiction which is mostly about locking them up for holding or dealing, or mopping them up when they OD. That kind of revolving door with a certain number of dropouts for fatalities doesn't seem sensible, but I don't know if this new program will survive the scrutiny that any program gets when it includes the idea of "legal injection" of a supposedly controlled substance. Emphasis on "supposedly controlled"...
We learned that drugs were an equal opportunity offender. Poor or rich, people from all walks of life soon fell prey to smoke, pill, powder or needle.