Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The War On The War On Drugs

Pretty remarkable quote here from Nixon's ace henchman, John Fking Ehrlichman:
"The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar Left, and black people. 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. 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."
Take all the time you need to digest it. I'm still choking on it.

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Smoothtooperate said...

Why does none of that surprise me?

Anonymous said...

They weren't very successful linking "the Blacks" to heroin, but then they discovered crack cocaine. This makes me very sad to know that my government was spending so much energy with crap like this instead of making my country better.

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