Friday’s relevant Twitter stream echoes a sentiment shared by millions of Americans: The time to end the war on drugs is now.
Americans across the political spectrum – Democrats, Republicans, Independents – are reaching a consensus: It is time to end the war on drugs, a war on our fellow Americans. After 40 years of prohibition the evidence is clear, the war on drugs is a failure.
40 years ago today, June 17, Richard Nixon initiated the war on drugs, a failed policy that treats a medical and social problem as a criminal problem. The war on drugs is a failed policy with tragic results.
The war on drugs has destroyed countless lives while creating an epidemic of incarceration. America, the supposed land of the free, has 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of its prisoners. America, the supposed land of the free, is quietly becoming a police state due to the draconian effects of the war on drugs.
Perhaps even more disturbing, the epidemic of incarceration is decidedly racist. The rate of incarceration for drug crimes is 10 times higher in blacks than in whites, even though drug use and dealing rates are the same or even higher for whites.
Drug enforcement has always been racist, and a tool of oppression for those with racist tendencies. Indeed, the war on drugs has been a defacto war on African Americans, a war that has decimated inner cities, promoted a deadly black market economy, and exponentially increased the misery factor in African American communities.
For many Americans the evidence is overwhelming: The war on drugs is an inhumane, ineffective exercise in futility. Incarceration of non-violent drug offenders is an expensive, counter productive wast of resources and lives. The time to end the war on drugs is now.
The following is a sample of relevant tweets from Friday’s Twitter stream. It is important to note that no tweets explicitly supporting or defending the war on drugs could be found.
too many black and brown men have been destroyed because of the war on drugs
We desperately need Exit Strategy for the failed War on Drugs
Today in 1971, Richard Nixon declared the War on Drugs. Drugs won.
Jimmy Carter: End The War on Drugs…Calls it futile, expensive, and inhumane.
“Growing recognition that the war on drugs, and all that it wrought, is a complete disaster”
It has been 40 years since President Nixon began the War on Drugs and it still costs us billions of dollars every year
America’s 40 Year War on Drugs: It’s Time to Pull the Plug
Legal guns and banned drugs have failed US and Mexico. Try the other way round, morons
Happy 40th, War on Drugs! Now Drop Dead Already!