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The crack-cocaine era of the 1980s was the genocidal pill that was administered to Black Americans following the advancements of the civil rights era. Millions of Black families lost their loved ones and even themselves to the powdery substance that could be injected or snorted. The “War on Drugs” that was started by President Richard Nixon…

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The Morehouse School of Medicine hosted “Not One Step Back: One Day Strategy Session on the Drug War, Mass Incarceration, and Public Health.” Moderator Deborah Small explains how U.S. drug policy has a global impact. She is one of only 2K Black lawyers that are Harvard graduates in its history.

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The Morehouse School of Medicine hosted Not One Step Back: One Day Strategy Session on the Drug War, Mass Incarceration, and Public Health. The event brought together leading activists, students, and members of the community to discuss the ongoing War on Drugs and the devastating impact it has had on the Black community. One particular…

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It has been 47 years since President Richard Nixon declared a “war on drugs” that was in fact also a systemic war on Blacks in America. Although much attention is given to the incarceration of Black men, a growing number of Black women are also being jailed at a higher rate. Although drug use and drug…

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Most experts and data confirm that the American war on drugs was focused on the Black community, but its racist origins go back to the fear of Mexican immigrants. Alyssa Aguilera spoke at Not One Step Back: One Day Strategy Session on the Drug War, Mass Incarceration, and Public Health.  

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Jay Z has slammed the war on drugs as an “epic fail” that has disproportionately targeted Latino and Black males. The “99 Problems” rapper has narrated a spirited op-ed video for the New York Times, in which he argued tough narcotics laws implemented by President Richard Nixon and extended by President Ronald Reagan have reaped little benefit.…

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“The forces behind the drug war seem to be achieving their desired outcome. The pharmaceutical industry is winning, the prison industrial complex is winning, the anti-hemp industries are winning, and the Drug Enforcement Agency’s budget explodes every year as it conducts more operations and seizes more assets,” marijuana advocate and former governor Jesse Ventura agreed…

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President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 61 federal inmates Wednesday as a part of his ongoing effort to grant clemency to those harshly sentenced during the war on drugs era. Obama wrote a letter to the inmates, one-third of whom were serving life sentences, according to The Washington Post. “The power to grant pardons…

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On the “A” w/Souleo Nearly 12 years ago, Sage Gallon was just getting clean after a decade of smoking crack. He’s now reliving those days of substance abuse but this time as a photographer. In his photographic essay, “Crack(s)” Gallon presents Baby Dee, a man in his mid-30s and in the throes of drug abuse.…

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Carl Hart has dedicated himself to examining the effects of drug use and drug laws. Hart, who serves as an associate professor of psychology at Columbia University, is also a former member of the United Nations reference group for intravenous drug use and HIV. As rolling out’s black intellectual of the week, we highlight several…

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The definition of conspiracy is “an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons.” The word is used daily in state and federal courtrooms across the country to convict countless defendants in America’s famously failed War on Drugs. Anyone who has faced a federal conspiracy indictment knows the government…

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