The War on Drugs is a War Against Race
The War on Drugs is a manifestation of institutional racism. It specifically targets African-Americans and Latinos.
Wars are fought against people
Wars are not fought against words, concepts, objects or diseases. Wars are fought with armed might against people. You can fight a war against terrorists, but you cannot fight a war on terror. You can apply research to find a cure for cancer, but you cannot fight a war on cancer. Neither can you fight a war on drugs, but you can fight a war against people who sell or use drugs, a war which has been conducted in America since the days of Richard Nixon.
It's all about race
Michelle Alexander, author of the book The New Jim Crow, has written an article for the web site alternet.org in which she states "...African Americans have been admitted to prison on drug charges at a rate up to 57 times higher than whites. In some states, up to 80 or 90 percent of all drug offenders sent to prison have been African Americans. The rate of Latino imprisonment is staggering as well. Although the majority of illegal drug users and dealers are white, three-fourths of all people imprisoned for drug offenses have been black or Latino."
The war on drugs is not being fought against young whites in suburbia. It specifically targets young men of color in inner city neighborhoods. Swat teams and special task forces invade the ghettos and barrios and make mass round ups, large scale sweeps and mass arrests. Police run stings and make undercover buys. Thousands of young blacks and Latinos are caught up in the process, becoming branded as criminals for the rest of their lives,
Economist Glenn Loury, in his book The Anatomy of racial Inequality, writes that "...it is nearly impossible to imagine anything remotely similar to mass incarceration happening to young white men. Can we envision a system that would enforce drug laws almost exclusively against young white men and largely ignore drug crime among young black men? Can we imagine large majorities of young white men being rounded up for minor drug offenses, placed under the control of the criminal justice system, labeled felons, and then subjected to a lifetime of discrimination, scorn and exclusion? Can we imagine this happening while most black men landed decent jobs or trotted off to college? No, we cannot. If such a thing occurred, it would occasion a most profound reflection about what had gone wrong, not with them, but with us - all of us. It would never be dismissed with the thought that white men were simply reaping what they have sown. The large-scale criminalization of white men would disturb us to the core."
You won't hear about it on CNN
The mainstream media will not touch this story, so we hear not a word of it. There isn't a politician anywhere - not Barack Obama, not the Republicans or Democrats, not the Libertarians, Independents or Tea Party folks - that will say a word about it.
We are creating, through this insane, immoral, misguided war, a permanent underclass of thousands of black and Latino men. America is said to be the land of opportunity, but for these young men the American Dream is a cruel and heartless joke.