Our Drug Laws Have Always Been Racist: America’s Ugly History of Prohibition as a Tool to Oppress Minorities

A short history of our racist drug war.

“Today, African Americans make up nearly two-thirds of those sent to state prison for drug offenses, according to Human Rights Watch. This, despite the fact that white drug users outnumber African Americans by more than five to one. In 1996, African Americans were 33 times more likely to go to jail for drug offenses than whites; African-American youths were 55 times more likely than whites to be sent to adult prisons for drug offenses.”

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