The War on Drugs Is Really a War on Minorities

Again many ask why I am not writing about Puerto Rican Politics, and again the answer is “ it’s the same old crap, The Status Issue which has not changed for decades“. However If you want to read about something that touches all our brothers and sisters in the states then YOU MUST GO TO : ALTERNET.ORG They have an article there that will chill your blood, believe me. Its especially important now, before the coming elections. It affects us all, and when I say “ US” I mean Latinos and ethnics. DO NOT LET THIS ARTICLE GO BY WITHOUT READING IT!
The War on Drugs Is Really a War on Minorities
By Arianna Huffington, Los Angeles Times. Posted March 27, 2007.
Democratic presidential candidates crave the Latino and black vote, but ignore the Drug War’s unfair toll on people of color.

Consider this: According to a 2006 report by the American Civil Liberties Union, African Americans make up an estimated 15% of drug users, but they account for 37% of those arrested on drug charges, 59% of those convicted and 74% of all drug offenders sentenced to prison. Or consider this: The U.S. has 260,000 people in state prisons on nonviolent drug charges; 183,200 (more than 70%) of them are black or Latino.

Such facts have been bandied about for years. But our politicians have consistently failed to take action on what has become yet another third rail of American politics, a subject to be avoided at all costs by elected officials who fear being incinerated on contact for being soft on crime.
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