Could the war against Drug Abuse be one sided, against the minority groups in the US?
In the past few years, while I was wondering why the government and other bodies were evidently losing the battle against Drug abuse, one factor has always disturbed my mind: Is this failure attributed to the fact that the government has hidden agendas in fighting drugs, rather than actually fighting drug abuse? Could the government, through the struggle against drug abuse, have a possibility or motive of suppressing the minority groups: blacks and hispanics, and taking it easy with their white counterparts thus failing to confront the actual problem head-on? Could the ever increasing racial tension be a deterring force that blinds anti-drug abuse bodies from uprooting the foundations of drub abuse equitably from all states?
The unintended consequences of the War on Drugs do not affect all groups equally. In the United States, it is well documented that these policies disproportionately impact minority communities, particularly blacks and Hispanics. Attorney and legal scholar Graham Boyd has referred to the drug war as the “new Jim Crow.” cite
In early 2016, Harper’s magazine published part of a 1994 interview in which former Nixon domestic policy chief, John Ehrlichman, stated that:
You want to know what this [the War on Drugs] was really all about? The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did. cite
And this leaves a huge debate as to whether we are fighting this drug problem in the right way, with unbiased motives or we are focusing our attention in a wrong direction. What do you think?