Mr. Anslinger, spread propaganda minority POC were using the drugs to seduce white women and the public ROARED.
Using the mass media, Anslinger propelled the anti-marijuana sentiment from state-level to national and international level.
By representing the US before the UN, Anslinger graphically depicted offences caused by different substances and made certain substances illegal worldwide.
Alcohol prohibition in the US lasted 13 years.
In that time, two things became apparent:
First, the Americans weren’t going to accept prohibition.
Second, by making it illegal, he created the largest and most successful criminal enterprise, the mafia.
In summary, when he raged a war on alcohol, Nixon and Regan and a War on Drugs, they were declaring war on people of colour.
Eighty-seven years after his federal appointment, marijuana tax laws 1937, jails burdened with an ocean of POC. For minor drug charges.
While POC makes up about 30% of the US population, they account for 60% of those in prison.
Disproportionate incarceration. 1 in every 15 African American men and 1 in every 36 Hispanic men are incarcerated compared to 1 in every 106 white men.
This war on PEOPLE happens when fucked-up racist ideology is at the foundation of laws instead of SCIENCE.
Thank you for trusting me.
Now, I’m curious,
Would you rather have governed the laws in place: science or opinion?