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fjsolwmv · 2018-04-03 · Original thread
Peg Tyre wrote the classic book on this 10 years ago:

It hasn't gotten a huge amount of follow-up traction in schools though.

Also The New Jim Crow for a racial perspective that hits black men's employment prospects pretty hard.

BTW for folks who are concerned that feminist or women don't care about boys and men, these two leasing books are books written by women about the abuse boys and men face.

"There are specific issues affecting the black community in the United States, coming from a history of oppression and racism..."

For anyone looking to read more on this subject, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness", was a helpful resource for me. (

chimeracoder · 2014-08-26 · Original thread
> Alcohol is legal because there would be outrage or civil unrest if it was banned.

There is outrage and 'civil unrest' in some sort surrounding other drugs; the difference is the communities in which it manifests.

The war on drugs very disproportionately affects people along lines of race and socioeconomic status[0]. These communities certainly are outraged at how their families and communities are being destroyed (literally) by the prohibition of these drugs and the societal ramifications that go along with the prohibition. The difference is that they're not in a position to voice that outrage as loudly.

Remember why prohibition of alcohol was repealed - wealthy taxpayers were mad that their tax bills went up after the passage of the 18th amendment (the government could no longer make revenue off of alcohol taxes). This is exactly why initiatives to legalize marijuana in Colorado (Amendment 64), Washington, and California (Prop 19) have used the language 'tax and regulate'. It's not some crazy new idea - it's literally the same tactic that succeeded in passing the 21st amendment!


falk · 2013-08-05 · Original thread
Because the U.S. government secretly loves to profit off of both the direct selling/transportation/etc of drugs and the prison industrial complex.

I recommend you read the following for more details and proof:

The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade

Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

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