Saturday, April 07, 2012

The New Jim Crow - racism and war on drugs

Just happened to see author Michelle Alexander on talking about her 2010 book "The New Jim Crow" about how the war on drugs has been used so successfully to target and suppress black males, to kill, imprison and disenfranchise them. (Originally it also was used also to target white anti-war protesters, at least til they all grew up and joined the establishment.) The interview in light of the killing of Trayvon Martin by a defacto vigilante (as opposed to by a police officer where the issue would quickly be forgotten). Those of us active for decades against the war on drugs have used that expression frequently and its great to see an African-American woman writing a book about it. Somebody send a copy to our Kenyan-American president. And to all the African-American leaders not raising a really big stink about how their "Christian" religion is being used to turn black males back into defacto slaves of a heartless system. She makes the point there are more disenfranchised black males today than there were under slavery!!

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