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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 08:33 AM
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The Drug War: A Roller-Coaster To Hell
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The Drug War: A Roller-Coaster To Hell
Thu, 01/06/2011 - 00:01 grant

by:
John Grant

The War On Drugs, fought mostly in poor and person-of-color communities (despite the fact that whites are more than 70 percent of all drug users) has contributed dramatically to the growth of a prison-industrial-complex that is quickly sapping resources from education, job training and other vital programs.

Tim Wise



Ive taught creative writing in Philadelphias maximum-security prison for ten years. I joke with the inmates that most of them are POWs in the Drug War. Of course, most of the men in the class are African American.

Last week only two men showed up for the class, which gave me and my co-teacher the opportunity to talk with them about their lives.

Both men are in their thirties, one white, one black. Not surprising, the white guy was in for drug use and the black guy was in for dealing. Both are intelligent, thoughtful men. They are not saints but who is anymore in a society where the stone cold killer is a pop culture hero and the so-called free market rules?

The white guy, who I will call Bill, was raised in a hard-working blue-collar family. His father busted his tail and sent his son to St Josephs Prep School outside Philadelphia. Bill played football at the school but could not relate to many of his peers, who were upper class rich kids with fine cars often headed for Harvard or Yale. .............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/378



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walldude Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 08:34 AM
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1. Bill Hicks:
"George Bush says 'we are losing the war on drugs'. Well you know what that implies? There's a war going on, and people on drugs are winning it! Well what does that tell you about drugs? Some smart, creative motherfuckers on that side."
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