Acaba de salir a la luz publica una declaracion por parte de John Ehrlichman, ayudante del presidente Richard Nixon, donde alega que la llamada "Guerra en Contra de las Drogas", fue una campaña creada en el 1971 por el gobierno de Nixon dirigida en contra de los negros y toda persona que participo en protestas en contra de la guerra de Vietnam.
Al hacerlo de esta manera, la administracion de Nixon tenia luz verde para arrestar las personas encargadas de organizar protestas, tratarlos como criminales, allanar sus hogares, y prohibir reuniones. Ellos fueron insultados y humillados noche tras noche en la prensa del pais, para asi estigmatizarlos frente a la sociedad.
El proposito de esta campaña represiva era asociar a los negros y hippies ante el publico americano con el uso de marijuana y heroina.
Y todavia es la hora que la gente espera que el pueblo confie en el gobierno americano.
Top adviser to Richard Nixon admitted that ‘War on Drugs’ was policy tool to go after anti-war protesters and ‘black people’
An eye-opening remark from a former aide to President Richard Nixon pulls back the curtain on the true motivation of the United States’ war on drugs.
John Ehrlichman, who served 18 months in prison for his central role in the Watergate scandal, was Nixon’s chief domestic advisor when the president announced the “war on drugs” in 1971. The administration cited a high death toll and the negative social impacts of drugs to justify expanding federal drug control agencies. Doing so set the scene for decades of socially and economically disastrous policies.
“You want to know what this was really all about?” he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
For decades, civil rights activists have pointed to sentencing disparities that incarcerated crack cocaine users for far longer periods of time than powder cocaine users, as evidence that many of the policies developed by Nixon were unfair to African-American communities.
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