White House Confession: The War on Weed Is Racist
As more Americans learn that the origins of the War on Drugs are rooted in racism and are not necessarily in place to protect the interest of public safety, it appears the White House has decided to come clean—admitting that pot prohibition perpetuates the same level of racism in the United States that once contributed to headlines like “Negro Cocaine ‘Fiends’ Are a New Southern Menace,” which was printed in 1914 by The New York Times.
A new report entitled “Economic Costs of Youth Disadvantage and High Return Opportunities for Change,” which was published earlier this week by the Executive Office of the President, is a finely tuned admission that the youth of black and Hispanic America are at a substantial disadvantage for evolving into their full potential as productive members of civil society. There are a number of barriers that stand in the way, according to the report, one of which is the fact that more minorities are being introduced into the criminal justice system at an early age—most them for minor drug-related offenses.
“A black individual is nearly four times as likely as a white individual to be arrested for marijuana possession, even though black and white individuals reported using marijuana at similar rates,” the report states.
Interestingly, the White House statistics on racial disparity in relation to marijuana-related arrests are from a 2013 report from the American Civil Liberties Union, which is a constitutional watchdog that supports the demise of prohibition. This highly-publicized report not only discovered that blacks were more likely to get busted for weed than their white counterparts, but that arrests for petty pot possession now makes up over half the drug arrests in the United States.
In addition, the White House goes on record to say that the nation is locking up blacks and Hispanics at a rate greater than the groups’ free-world population—these minorities make up 60 percent of the federal and state prison system.
“Inequalities in arrests and sentencing contribute to overrepresentation of black and Hispanic Americans in the incarcerated population,” the report states. “Even when there is little difference in the likelihood of committing a crime, individuals of color are much more likely to be arrested. If convicted, black offenders are more likely to be sentenced to incarceration than white offenders and to receive longer sentences for the same offenses.”
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