Drug policy and the intellectuals by william j bennett

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Drug policy and the intellectuals by william j bennett

The War on Drugs started in and picked up momentum in when the black community was demonized as a Crack Den. These demonized images saturated TV news and gave a very thin slice of African Americans, not the whole picture. The Drug War started when crime and drug use was on decline and the author suggests that it started as a form of social control.

In thirty years, the number of US prisoners increased fromto over 2 million. This number has gone unquestioned The US has the highest incarceration rate of any industrialized country. Such a fact speaks volumes about our freedom and our democracy and our morality.

In Germany, 93 out ofadults are incarcerated; in the US, the number is 8 times that amount or out ofBetween and crime rates in Finland, Germany, and US were the same but during that time the US incarceration rate quadrupled, the Finnish rate decreased 60 percent, and the German rate remained unchanged.

The author seems to suggest we have unsavory motives for our high incarceration rate. The majority of US prisoners are black and brown men.

Black men outnumber white men 7 to 1 yet are only 13 percent of the population. We call this disparity the "racial caste system. But illegal drug activity is not greater among blacks.

Illegal drug activity happens in similar numbers among the different races.

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The growth of US prisons is the largest form of race-based social control in world history. It makes billions of dollars and employs about 2.

Why is this racial caste system so hard to fight? Because it is largely invisible and insidious with code words but evidence for its existence is overwhelming as we can see from the statistics above. And because we throw people in prison under "due process," from the Bill of Rights, which we worship like some kind of God.

We get so caught up with "due process," that we become blind to the results of this "due process. This incarceration makes black and brown men members of the undercaste or second-class citizens based on prison label or criminal label, not prison time. Once labeled, they are denied citizen rights to vote, to serve jury duty, to work, etc.

We no longer use racist language; we call people of color criminals or felons. Prison is the new form of control. In American history, we see control over people of color has been largely to appease lower-class whites, who feel trapped at the bottom of society. The privileged whites throw the poor whites a dog bone: Agencies for drug treatment, prevention, and education were dramatically reduced.

All of these cuts and the demonization of the black inner cities as crack dens happened during huge economic collapse, a time when poor blacks were most vulnerable. These job losses were accompanied by increased incentives to sell drugs. Crack did indeed eviscerate the black community.

Drug policy and the intellectuals by william j bennett

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Drug Policy And The Intellectuals By William J Bennett. William J. Bennett is a conservative against gay marriage. He has written two books about American culture: The Book of Virtues and The Broken Hearth: Reversing the Moral Collapse of the American Family.

Bennett is extremely biased in his beliefs and it shows in his paper. Bennett directed the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George Bush and was nicknamed “drug czar.” His job was to fight the drug war, not to try to get drugs legalized.

Drug policy and the intellectuals by william j bennett

He is only arguing the side for non-legalization.

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