Drugs In The Jim Crow Era

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Jim Crow Era started to lose its steam when many civil rights activists have assembled in unity to fight for their deserving basic human rights. Prominent activist like Martin Luther King Jr coupled with many others, were able to successfully get many civil rights act passed. In all, they were able to wipe out many of these vagrancy laws. It was a great period for many blacks, a period that was dubbed “reconstruction era 2’’ by many historians. But, as they were in great elation, celebrating their achievements, unbeknownst to them, another wicked plan was being orchestrated. What many people do not know about the history of drugs in America was that drugs were always common in American’s lifestyles. Drugs first surfaced in the United States…show more content…
Nixon has conveyed to the nation through a speech, that illegal drugs are “the country number one public enemy”, and urged congress to help fund for the war (youtube.com). It was an announcement that appeared suddenly, and for many Americans, drugs were not a major concerned that this country faced. Throughout his presidential campaign, Nixon has made ‘law and order’ his central theme, assuring to the American people that crime would serve no place under his administration. He had devoted seventeen speeches solely to the topic of law and order, and one of his television ads explicitly called on voters to reject the lawlessness of civil rights activists and embrace order in the United-States (Alexander, 48). But as Alexander has demonstrated in her book, crime is always used in a race-neutral language by many local or state politicians, to advance their own political agenda. However, whether one is paying attention or is totally naïve, crime is always associated with race, even when race is not mentioned. And because whites deep fear of being potentially victimized by blacks were well alive, offering them protection against crime was as offering them protection for their badge of white…show more content…
And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders. raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did. (cnn.com).
However, Nixon claimed that “an increased in heroin addiction and the rising use of marijuana and hallucinogens by students” were the reason why his administration was waging this war, well aware that it was black people, their enemy number one. Although president Nixon is thought to be the first initiator of the War on Drugs in America, to many scholars, the amount of damages that are caused by the drug war can be traced to President Reagan’s administration. President Reagan has officially announced the current drug war in 1982. At the time of his announcement, less than 2 % of American public viewed drugs as the most important issues facing this Country (Alexander, 49). But this fact was no disincentive for Reagan, for the drug war from the start had little to do with public concern about drugs and much to do with public concern about race. The Reagan’s administration has gone about a slightly different way of combating drugs than Nixon, waging war on a specific drugs called -- crack
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