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Response to porphyrian (Reply #14)
Sat Oct 20, 2012, 10:17 PM
HiPointDem (20,729 posts)
16. no. the 'hippies' got their drugs without many serious repercussions, and were fading by 1971
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he (they) wanted to fight the black power movement. that was the community that was immediately targeted, both for drugs and for prison.
August 11, 1965
A police officer pulls over 21-year-old Watts resident Marquette Frye on suspicion of drunk driving. Frye, his mother, and his brother are all taken into police custody, and with long-simmering frustrations over police brutality, the neighborhood erupts in violence...
1965 to 1970
Following the Watts Riots, black street clubs in South L.A. begin to unite and organize politically against police brutality. The Black Power Movement gains strength nationally, and violent gang activity decreases in L.A., as former members of gangs like the Slausons join up with the Black Panther Party (BPP), the US Organization and other socially conscious groups.
The FBI, working with the Los Angeles Police Department, feels threatened by the strength and numbers of Black Nationalist groups and intimidates, incarcerates and assassinates many of the movement’s leaders. The FBI’s COINTELPRO program incites violence between US and the BPP, resulting in the murders of two of L.A. BPP leaders in 1969.
South Central Declines
As America’s economy shifts from an industrial and manufacturing base to the service sector, factories start to leave L.A. and job opportunities decline for African American workers...
1971 to 1972
With many black political leaders now imprisoned or marginalized, African American youth in South Central are left without role models in the community, and the number of street gangs increases. A gang called the Baby Avenues is started by 15-year-old Raymond Washington...the gang becomes known as the Avenue Cribs, which later morphs into “Crips.”
1972 to 1975
Violence grows in South Central between the Crips and other gangs, and fist fighting gives way to guns. The Piru Street Boys in Compton meet with several other non-Crip gangs and form a new alliance that becomes known as the Bloods.
In 1972, there are 10 more gangs in South Central, and a then-unprecedented 29 gang-related murders in the city...
Crack cocaine is introduced to South Central, eventually devastating a community that is already in crisis. Over the next decade, the Bloods and the Crips will become more and more involved in the drug’s production and trade, leading to more violence and decimating the neighborhood. The gangs’ reach and power will extend to other urban areas as well...
...three retired drug warriors discuss The War on Drugs and its failure. But they reveal how it goes beyond a simple failure to a dangerous and harmful policy. For instance, former LAPD Deputy Chief Stephen Downing relates how the infamous Crips and Bloods gangs were very small before President Nixon started The War on Drugs and how rising drug prices from increased prohibition fueled the incredible growth of the gangs.
The uncomfortable truth, however, is that crime rates do not explain the sudden and dramatic mass incarceration of African Americans during the past 30 years. Crime rates have fluctuated over the last few decades—they are currently at historical lows—but imprisonment rates have consistently soared. Quintupled, in fact. And the vast majority of that increase is due to the War on Drugs. Drug offenses alone account for about two-thirds of the increase in the federal inmate population and more than half of the increase in the state prison population.
The drug war has been brutal—complete with SWAT teams, tanks, bazookas, grenade launchers, and sweeps of entire neighborhoods—but those who live in white communities have little clue to the devastation wrought. This war has been waged almost exclusively in poor communities of color, even though studies consistently show that people of all colors use and sell illegal drugs at remarkably similar rates.
Thousands of young Black men are serving long prison sentences for selling cocaine -- a drug that was virtually unobtainable in Black neighborhoods before members of the CIA's army started bring it into South Central in the 1980s at bargain basement prices," wrote Mercury News reporter Gary Webb, in the first installment of the shocking series of reports.
CIA protection of drug pipelines - Narco-colonialism in the 20th Century
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no. the 'hippies' got their drugs without many serious repercussions, and were fading by 1971
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