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?

Regular User Asked on December 27, 2018 in Drugs.
Add Comment
1 Answer(s)

I think you make good points that can all be debated as there’s been proof in all sides. I’m currently studying our history and hopefully will be able to comment in this calibre of questions soon enough. Thanks for the food for thought!!

Regular User Answered on January 31, 2019.
Add Comment

Your Answer

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.