Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Racist Past of Marijuana Prohibition

An interesting story, even if I don't know whether or not it has been fact-checked. 10-10-10: The Marijuana Conspiracy - Over The Limit Entertainment

Seems that Hearst of "Citizen Kane" fame, had a thing against pot, and wasn't above lying to see his way enacted into law.
Hearst’s stories portray[ed] “negroes” and Mexicans as frenzied beasts who, under the influence of marijuana would play anti-white “voodoo-satanic” music ( jazz ) and heap disrespect and “viciousness” upon the predominantly white readership. Other such offenses resulting from this drug-induced “crime wave” included: stepping on white men’s shadows, looking white people directly in the eye for three seconds or more, looking at a white woman twice, laughing at a white person … For such “crimes,” hundreds of thousands of Mexicans and blacks spent, in aggregate, millions of years in jails, prisons and on chain gangs, under brutal segregation laws that remained in effect throughout the U.S. until the 1950s and ’60s.
Prohibition didn't work with liquor. It isn't working today with pot (or other drugs), so why are we still following the failed policies of a racist newspaperman?

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