Monday, March 28, 2016

Nixon Aide Interview Proves What We Already Knew About the War on Drugs

An old but just recently published interview has officially proven that the "war on drugs" was manufactured to attack hippies and black people. Black people, of course, got the worst of it. Hippie movements were de-legitimized and disrupted and leaders arrested for cannabis possession, while the Black Panthers were destroyed, leaders murdered or exiled, and black communities obliterated. Mass incarceration of black people continues today and has increased, if anything, while states legalize cannabis.

“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying,” Ehrlichman continued. “We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities,“ Ehrlichman said. “We could arrest their leaders. raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

Yeah we've all been saying that for decades, thanks. Tumblr user ONEVAGABOND has the full story with sources. This interview is decades old but was just published. Not that it would have helped much back then, and not that it will do much now. Facts have historically done nothing in this country to stop our criminal leaders from doing whatever the fuck they want.

Well, except for Nixon.

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