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Re: “America's senseless War on Drugs is a war on black and Latino men

35 years after Nixon started the war on drugs, we have over one million non-violent drug offenders living behind bars. The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American history, the question has become, how much more can the country endure? Inspired by the death of four family members from “legal drugs” Texas filmmaker Kevin Booth sets out to discover why the Drug War has become such a big failure. Three and a half years in the making, the film follows gang members, former DEA agents, CIA officers, narcotics officers, judges, politicians, prisoners and celebrities. Most notably the film befriends Freeway Ricky Ross; the man many accuse for starting the Crack epidemic, who after being arrested discovered that his cocaine source had been working for the CIA.

American Drug War shows how money, power and greed have corrupted not just drug pushers and dope fiends, but an entire government. More importantly, it shows what can be done about it. This is not some ‘pro-drug’ stoner film, but a collection of expert testimonials from the ground troops on the front lines of the drug war, the ones who are fighting it and the ones who are living it.

After 4 years of production including several sold out test screenings in New York, Austin & Los Angeles, the final version of American Drug War: The Last White Hope is locked and loaded. (Excerpt from…

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Posted by lambrigy on June 23, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Re: “America's senseless War on Drugs is a war on black and Latino men

Thank you Mr. Ravenel for your boldness and courage to share your insight about a problem some of your colleagues, friends, family and neighbors dear not acknowledge, less more speak. I encourage you to do that which is purposed in your heart. Unlike the many who live in a vacuum, separated from the reality that we call life, you have had the pleasure of sitting high, falling low and seeing the world from sidelines where the true view of the world comes into focus with great clarity.

In reading the comment thread, most of the posters seem to deliberately ignore the truth that Mr. Ravenel has revealed by diverting the comments to drug use. Well, let me share one fact about drug use… drug use is higher amongst whites than any other group yet blacks are the least likely amongst the groups to use but are incarcerated 10x more often for drug related crimes (these stats are verifiable if you dear to Google it). As far as Mr. Ravenel equating it to Jim Crow laws which was noted as a "major stretch". The one thing I love about technology is it has brought information to our fingertips so once again I encourage you to research the information.

Jim Crow laws were created for the purpose of keeping blacks in a slave-like system and the 13th Amendment essentially guarantees it ( Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.)

If you truly want to know what the “War on Drugs” is truly about, check out this documentary. The first 55 seconds is not in English (my guess is that they didn’t want you to see it).…

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Posted by lambrigy on June 23, 2012 at 9:24 PM
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