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Black America: America Must Get Tough with Countries that Produce Drugs or....

  1. klaatu
    Black America says: America Must Get Tough with Countries that Produce Drugs or We will Suffer Most

    Date: Friday, April 07, 2006

    By: Judge Greg Mathis, Special to BlackAmericaWeb.com

    The U.S. government has spent billions, both at home and abroad, to fight the ongoing “war on drugs” and has achieved varying, controversial results. At home, stiff drug penalties land even non-violent, low-level drug offenders in prison, overcrowding a cyclical system that punishes but fails to rehabilitate. Around the world, campaigns designed to significantly reduce the flow of heroin and cocaine into the U.S. result in major international drug arrests and seizures, but weaken those local communities in the process.

    Curbing drug use in America is -- and should be -- a top priority, but the right solution has not been easy to find. However, when our very own allies begin to undermine our efforts to prevent illegal drugs from reaching U.S. shores, the battle becomes even more difficult to fight.

    This country has faced some serious setbacks in its international war on drugs. According to a recently released U.S. State Department report, Bolivia and Peru, two of the world’s leading coca producers -- cocaine comes from the leaves of the coca plant -- have begun to back away from U.S. plans to reduce the cultivation of the plant in those countries. The nation’s local grower’s associations are pressuring their leaders to protect their products, and those leaders are listening. As a result, coca production has grown in both countries, and the trend is expected to continue. Though 90 percent of American-bound cocaine is produced in Columbia, Bolivia and Peru are poised to become key players on the international drug scene over the next several years.

    What’s disturbing is that these nations look to our government in times of need, yet their local lawmakers aren’t playing a big enough part in making sure the pipeline of illegal drugs to America is closed off. The U.S. recently offered Bolivia $600 million in governmental aid, yet Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, a past leader of a coca grower’s union, has essentially encouraged his people to increase production of the plant.

    The U.S. has to crack down on these countries; either they are true allies or they are not. If local leaders like Morales continue to chip away at U.S. efforts, then they should be hit with economic sanctions. These nations cannot continue to receive large sums of money from our country while simultaneously disregarding our international drug enforcement efforts.

    The U.S. government spends more than $160 billion a year -- on healthcare, incarceration, prevention programs, etc. -- addressing the country’s drug epidemic. The health and safety of our communities will continue to suffer as long as these countries continue to produce and export illegal substances into this country. African-Americans especially will continue to be victimized -- nearly half of the drug offenders in U.S. prisons are black.

    While the fight against drug abuse should continue here at home -- with a focus on healing and rebuilding -- the international war must be supported.

    Judge Greg Mathis is national vice president of Rainbow PUSH and a national board member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.


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    What upsets me most about this article is that it's being portrayed as being the voice of "Black America". When they say "African-Americans especially will continue to be victimized -- nearly half of the drug offenders in U.S. prisons are black." do you think they mean the African Americans are being victimized by farmers in Bolivia or Peru? Or are they being victimised by white DEA officials and police officers? I wonder....

    Klaatu (talking too much politics usually means people have had too few drugs)

Comments

  1. Motorhead
    America must get tough with countries that produce drugs? Does he really think that opressing foreign nations will lift the domestic oppression that the black community faces within their own borders? Racism in the US has nothing to do with the supply end of drugs. There is absolutely no corelation. If the black community were free to participate in the socio-economic framework of the 'american dream' then the violent,drug financed mini socio-economies that develope in the inner cities would not be an issue. Well....there would always be crime, as long as the drugs are illegal, but the situation wouldnt be nearly as bad.
    A week or two ago there was a flood of media stories on the web regarding the racism/drug problem in the US. I avoided posting them. Racism in the states has so many other fundamental reasons behind it other than drugs.
    And i like to talk politics, but noone has ever accused me of taking to few drugs lol.
  2. Forthesevenlakes
    Klaatu, I agree wholeheartedly. The tone of this article is extremely myopic. My guess is that alot of the farmers producing these plants are even more impoverished and disenfranchised than most people in the United States, INCLUDING African-Amercain drug users, and are using these plants as a means to feed themselves and their families; how can they be faulted for that? It's not as if they are setting out to target a particular race of people with their product, its simply what allows them to live. The author of this editorial should place the blame where it is due; US legislators, law enforcement officers, etc. who make penalties more severe for drugs used more commonly by the poor, who profile and target people of a given race as drug pushers and users, and who would rather spend time drafting "tough" laws that do very little to discourage drug use rather than attempt to change the situations in their own country such as the deplorable state of low-income education and living conditions that may lead people of any race, not just African-Americans, to use drugs as an escape from their lives. The author basically accuses foreigners of a hate crime that doesn't exist, and expects the audience to automatically agree since he's pointing the finger at someone outside of his own nation. Sickening and all-too-common.
  3. FrankenChrist
    ....and not a word about the legal and beneficial uses of coca. I bet the people that read that crap don't even know that people in the Andes survive on it.
  4. klaatu
    Curiously enough earlier this week Swim was explaining to his "friend" and supplier about the history of Cocaine. She had absolutely no idea where it came from, what the Coca plant is/does, how it built an empire (criminal empire and Coca Cola's) and how it came to Europe - and she buys/sells/uses it everyday!

    Klaatu
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