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The drug war has produced profoundly unequal outcomes across racial groups, manifested through racial discrimination by law enforcement and disproportionate drug war misery suffered by communities of color. Although rates of drug use and selling are comparable across racial lines, people of color are far more likely to be stopped, searched, arrested, prosecuted, convicted and incarcerated for drug law violations than are whites. Higher arrest and incarceration rates for African Americans and Latinos are not reflective of increased prevalence of drug use or sales in these communities, but rather of a law enforcement focus on urban areas, on lower-income communities and on communities of color as well as inequitable treatment by the criminal justice system. We believe that the mass criminalization of people of color, particularly young African American men, is as profound a system of racial control as the Jim Crow laws were in this country until the mid-1960s.
Trae and Kevin Booth, the filmmakers behind "American Drug War: The Last White Hope" and "American Drug War" will be on V-RADIO to discuss both films. What motivated them to make the films and any future projects.
This interview has been a long time coming.
What is this drug war really all about? Should any of the current illegal drugs be legalized? Who is for it? Who is against it? Does legalization mean you advocate drugs?
Who benefits from this drug war? Most importantly, is it working?
Call in with your comments!
Barry Cooper: Drug War Insurgent
To call Barry Cooper “over the top” is an understatement.You may have seen him on the pages of Maxim, or during one of his many appearances on CNN, Fox News and Spike TV. He’s the cop who turned against the drug war, whose been trying to sell a self-explanatory reality show he calls “KopBusters.” Yeah, that guy.
In American pop culture right now, there’s nobody quite like him. As one of the former top drug cops working the Texas highways, he was ferocious, bringing down hundreds of people for possessing even tiny amounts of an illegal substance. In his new life as an anti-prohibition crusader and activist filmmaker, he’s just as ferocious, but now it’s his former colleagues in law enforcement who are sweating his intimidating gaze… Barry has received global attention by being reported in over 300 newspapers and magazines across the world including an exclusive front page story in the Dallas Observer and Houston Press. Barry has been a guest on numerous radio and television programs including MSNBC Tucker Carlson, FOX Geraldo At Large, ABC I Caught, The Adam Corolla Radio Show, NBC Mike and Juliet Morning Show and the syndicated Todd and Tyler Radio Show. Barry currently gives a tip of the week on Playboy Radio and was recently featured on the front cover of Cannabis Culture Magazine. He has also appeared in Rolling Stones Magazine, Radar Magazine and Don Diva Magazine… www.nevergetbusted.com
What is the "Drug War?" Who are we fighting? Does it ruin lives? How much is it costing us?
One of my favorite television shows is 'Mystery Diagnosis' on Discovery Health. In each episode an individual chronicles their struggles with symptoms of an illness that doctors cannot name. The patient gradually loses both their health and their hope as treatments fail or worsen symptoms. With a stroke of luck, the patient eventually stumbles onto a doctor willing to prioritize the survival of the patient over his/her own assumptions and the result is an accurate diagnosis and treatments that cure or improve the quality of life of the patient.
The Drug War is one of our nation’s ‘mystery diagnoses’. Poor communities especially suffer from its varying symptoms - open-air drug markets, drug trafficking violence, more dangerous and lethal drugs – yet policymakers are intent on behaving like the determined yet misguided doctors on ‘Mystery Diagnosis’: prescribing potions that are fanciful (Just say ‘No’); treatments that are bigoted (stop and frisks, racial profiling, crack vs. powder cocaine ratio); and solutions that are draconian (Panama Invasion, Plan Colombia). Policymakers tell us with more time and money they will get it right, but we have a right and an obligation to be skeptical.
Dr. Miron and I discuss the Drug War and his research. I hope you enjoy.
On this episode of the Annoying Peasant Radio Show we will be discussing some follow-up to our drug war conversation we had last time, with the addition of some newer developments in the NSA/Obama spy world.
Again, most think that libertarians promote a drug culture and the use of drugs. They are flat wrong. There is no denying there are libertarians who use drugs, but the promotion of freedom presents the case for legalizing (not illegalizing) drugs. The statistics are presented to provide real world evidence of the "on balance" negative of the drug war. Many support the drug wars because they just don't want drugs "around". Hey! Listen closely. On balance the drug war is a standard of living lowering scheme!!! Hello!!!
Join us by listening in, calling in (646) 564-9744 or by joining the chat. We would be eager to exchange thoughts with you! And we are more eager to spread the word of liberty!
James P. Gray has been a trial judge in Orange County, California since 1983. Before becoming a judge, he served as a Volunteer in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica, a staff judge advocate and criminal defense attorney in the Navy JAG Corps, a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, and a civil litigation attorney in a private law firm, in addition to being a Republican candidate for US Congress in 1998, a Libertarian candidate for US Senate in 2004 and the 2012 Libertarian candidate for Vice President.
Judge Gray has discussed issues of drug policy on more than two hundred television and radio shows and public forums all across the country. Using his experience on the bench and elsewhere, he has also authored a book on the failed War on Drugs as well as Wearing The Robe, about practical and ethical issues in being a judge.
Matt and Jamie will discuss the ongoing scandal surrounding Operation Fast and Furious including how Attorney General Eric Holder and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano have perjured themselves in front of Congress. They will also discuss how Fast and Furious ties in with the Drug War, the CIA, the Afghan war, and major banks in the US. Other news will be covered and your calls taken.
Who are the victims of the drug wars? We are.
Who is wining the drug wars? Drug cartells and dealers
Who is losing the drug wars? The DEA?
Deborah Small: "Race and the Drug War" at Tides Momentum 2008 - Synopsis: What are 10 ways the War in Iraq is like the War on Drugs? Founder and Director of Break the Chains Deborah Small breaks down the fallacies in both conflict -- as well as the fallacy of conflict analogies -- in this illuminating presentation. - 20min
Just Right #102
SPECIAL: Drug Prohibition - A War Against Reality And Reason
Bad Laws: Mandatory Minimum Sentencing For Drug Offences
Bad Drugs Or Bad Habits? - Coren Vs Metz - And A Panel Discussion
Drug Prohibition: Good Or Bad? The Economist Won't Say - But They're Against It
Left And Right: Disagreement Within The Cannabis Culture
Drug Use: Escape From Reality? Or Escape From Unreality?
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