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In colonial America, successful crops and products were addictive substances rum, tobacco, and sugar. These crops were planted by slaves to continue the addiction cycle. Asha Bandele explains it all at Not One Step Back: Strategy Session on the Drug War, Mass Incarceration, and Public Health.


v: The American economy was founded on addiction to rum, sugar and tobacco

Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.