Wednesday, January 5, 2011

End Prohibition, End the "Black Problem"

"Of the countless reasons why this revival of this Prohibition... should be erased with all deliberate speed, one is that with no War on Drugs there would be, within one generation, no 'black problem' in the United States," argues John McWhorter, suggesting that "if there were no way to sell drugs on the street at a markup, then young black men who drift into this route would instead have to get legal work" — Getting Darnell Off the Corners: An America On the Rise Will Ride the Anti-Drug-War Wave.

"There would be a new black community in which all able-bodied men had legal work even in less well-off communities – i.e. what even poor black America was like before the seventies; this is no fantasy."

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Utopian. While I agree that legalization of drugs would have a dramatic impact on the incarceration rate throughout the country, the idea that legalization would be a panacea for the problems of the African-American community is wishful thinking. The social pathologies of inner-city America (which affect not only African-Americans but all ethnic groups trapped in those places) are much deeper than drugs. The drugs are a symptom, not the disease.

3:42 AM  
Blogger said...

Legalizing drugs won't solve the problems of the black community, although it will help keep many out of prison - that makes it a worthy goal in itself.

On the other hand, lets face it - legalizing drugs is going to hit the incomes of many black people because they won't be able to sell drugs anymore. Some of them will convert to mugging people or committing other crimes.

That being said, legalizing drugs would be a step in the right direction.

10:44 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Yes, Mr. McWhorter may be a bit overly optimistic, but his proposal is surelyt "a step in the right direction."

2:15 AM  

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