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10. Here's another Anslinger quote which underscroes the racist underpinnings of the war on (some) drugs
Harry Anslinger, the first Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics:

"There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US," Anslinger warned when he lobbied Congress for pot prohibition in the 1930's, "and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others."

Anslinger's racist attacks prompted Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia to appoint the first commission in America to investigate cannabis. After a five-year study, the Commission concluded marijuana did not represent a threat to public safety, findings confirmed by every subsequent investigation.
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