The War on Drugs was The War on Blacks, former Nixon domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman
Top adviser to Richard Nixon admitted that ‘War on Drugs’ was policy tool to go after anti-war protesters and ‘black people’
According to the Institute for Criminal Policy Research, (ICPR) the United States in the number one country in the world with mass incarceration and China number 2.
According to a former prosecutor from Boston, Adam Fosz, there are 2.2 million people in American Jails and even though African Americans make up 14% of the American population they makes up half of the prison system and half of the people in the Jail. In an interview with CNN, he argued that it is not because African Americans commits more crime, but it is a systematic problem. He said the system disproportionate affects black people. He argued that white privilege keeps white people out of jail while black people are disproportionately and overly prosecuted for those same crimes. He also argued that the Penal System is more institutional instead of prevention.
Adam Fosz, now travels the country trying to change how the system prosecutes black people.
One shocking revelation came from the Nixon Administration.
John D. Ehrlichman (l.), a top adviser to former President Richard Nixon (r.) is seen here in a 1972 photo. Ehrlichman, who died in 1999, admitted that the administration’s “War on Drugs” was actually a ploy to target left-wing protesters and African-Americans. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Washington (CNN) One of Richard Nixon’s top advisers and a key figure in the Watergate scandal said the war on drugs was created as a political tool to fight blacks and hippies, according to a 22-year-old interview recently published in Harper’s Magazine.
“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people,” former Nixon domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman told Harper’s writer Dan Baum for the April cover story published Tuesday.
“You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities,” Ehrlichman said. “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.”
Many argues that the current and what some describes as overwhelming attack on black bodies by the police is part of the same problem. The same system that targets black people and target black people for the color of their skin. The same racist agenda described by former Nixon domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman.