The general consensus among most Americans today seems to be that the government’s drug policy has failed us as a country. There is a great deal of evidence that the policy of prohibition in America has done far more harm than good. The incarceration of drug-related offenders on a massive scale is a good example. The government would have us believe that the War on Drugs is about getting rid of drugs. But what if that is not the case?
What if the War on Drugs has always been a tool to systemize prejudice against marginalized people? What if it has been used as a tool to justify the increased law enforcement against urban communities? What if the War on Drugs is a tool to keep certain people oppressed and to give other people more power in this country?
The War on Drugs has a dark history. All drugs used to be legal, and 100 years ago, America’s first drug tsar said: “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.”
It is quite clear if we look back over the history of drug laws that the War on Drugs is not about the good of the American people. It’s about oppression and marginalization of a people. It’s time for us as the American people to rise up and say “enough is enough.” It is time for us to join together as a movement. We need to get the word out to friends, communities, and also policymakers to advocate for change.
Being against the War on Drugs does not mean being for substance abuse or addiction. Those who suffer from addiction need to be treated for the disease of addiction, not treated like criminals and thrown into jail. For more information on this, take a look at our post, “Addicts Belong in Rehab, not in Prison”.