Drug War Targets African Americans
Government survey states that 14.4% of African Americans smoke marijuana on an annual basis. According to the same survey, 12.4% caucasian Americans get high on an annual basis. The percentage is not very different.
Black people make up 14% of all drug users. YET blacks are 75% more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession and make up 37% of all drug users that are arrested for using.
With these facts being known, how on earth is it possible that former North Carolina Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Evenson told Congress, “The laws are race neutral… I've never prosecuted anybody on the basis of race. Quite frankly, I am personally offended when I hear charges of racism.” Representatives like him are supposedly representing neighborhoods of color.
How do you feel about racism and the drug war?