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Thread: KKK Started The War On Drugs!

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    Re: KKK Started The War On Drugs!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    Okay, so now we have a thread on the War on Drugs being based on racism to add to the threads about gun control and criticism of this year's Nobel Peace Prize being based on racism.

    This is getting to be a bit ridiculous.
    I'm not sure about Nixon's War On Drugs but the initial prohibition efforts in America were based largely upon racism, marijuana especially.

    Until the inclusion of marijuana in the Uniform Narcotic Drug Act in 1932 and the passage of the Marihuana Tax Act in 1937, there was no "national" public policy regarding the drug. However, as early as 1914 the New York City Sanitary Laws included cannabis in a prohibited drug list and in 1915 Utah passed the first state statute prohibiting sale or possession of the drug. By 1931 twenty-two states had enacted such legislation. In the succeeding section, we shall delve into the circumstances surrounding the passage of several of these early laws and the ensuing judicial acquiescence in the legislative value judgments concerning marijuana. We conclude that the legislative action and approval were essentially kneejerk responses uninformed by scientific study or public debate and colored instead by racial bias and sensationalistic myths.

    VIRGINIA LAW REVIEW: VOLUME 56 OCTOBER 1970 NUMBER 6

    Richard J. Bonnie* & Charles H. Whitebread, II**

    'Assistant Professor of Law, University of Virginia. B.A., 1966, Johns Hopkins University; LL.B., 1969, University of Virginia.

    "Assistant Professor of Law, University of Virginia. A.B., 1965, Princeton University; LL.B., 1968, Yale University.

    The Genesis of Marijuana Prohibition

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    Re: KKK Started The War On Drugs!

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    Re: KKK Started The War On Drugs!

    Quote Originally Posted by jr602az View Post
    Didn't you see the video?
    KKK started the war on drugs in the 1916.
    You actually believe that video? I stopped watching after they brought out that idiot Cynthia.

    In 1937 Congress passed the "1937 Marijuana Tax Act" and made marijuana illegal and highly fineable. - [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marihuana_Tax_Act_of_1937]Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]


    Again had nothing to do with the KKK.
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    Re: KKK Started The War On Drugs!

    Quote Originally Posted by jr602az View Post
    Wake up man, you really need to see the truth.
    I worry about those who claim that they have the corner on "the Truth", with a capital T, of course. Those are frequently the people you find with sniper rifles up in towers in places like Austin.
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    Re: KKK Started The War On Drugs!

    The "Drug War" as we know it did not exist until 1971.

    Prohibition of drugs (on a national scale) started in the 1930's

    Yes, there was a lot of racial fears and prejudices behind this, and they were used prolifically to further the anti drug stance at the time, and also weer used prior to this, but racial fears and prejudices were quite widespread then.

    Initially it was the chinese and Opium:

    In 1902, the Committee on the Acquirement of the Drug Habit of the American Pharmaceutical Association declared: "If the 'Chinaman' cannot get along without his 'dope,' we can get along without him." In 1909 the United States' international "war on drugs" began when California prohibited the importation of smoking opium.
    The Racial History of U.S. Drug Prohibition

    then came blacks and cocaine:

    The New York Times published a story that alleged "most of the attacks upon white women of the South are the direct result of the 'cocaine-crazed' Negro brain." The story asserted that "Negro cocaine fiends are now a known Southern menace."
    then came marijuana and Harry Anslinger (the father of prohibition):

    "There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US,
    and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers.
    Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage.
    This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations
    with Negroes, entertainers and any others.

    -Harry J. Anslinger
    Then there was the Mexicans and their marijuana.

    marijuana itself is a term stolen from the Mexicans and adopted into English to demonize cannabis and turn it into a uniquely Mexican drug, and Mexican drug problem.

    in 1927, the Butte Montana Standard reported a legislator’s comment: “When some beet field peon takes a few traces of this stuff… he thinks he has just been elected president of Mexico, so he starts out to execute all his political enemies.” In Texas, a senator said on the floor of the Senate: “All Mexicans are crazy, and this stuff [marijuana] is what makes them crazy.”
    Why is Marijuana Illegal? - Drug WarRant

    And while we are at it another quote from the father of prohibition:

    the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races. - Harry Anslinger
    Racism most certainly was a factor behind prohibition, most noteably the sales job to the average joe relied heavily on racial fears, as well as other demonetization tactics.

    Was the KKK behind it? I doubt it, although it would come as no surprise that Anslinger was a member of the KKK, membership was rather commonplace at the time.
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    Re: KKK Started The War On Drugs!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    Okay, so now we have a thread on the War on Drugs being based on racism to add to the threads about gun control and criticism of this year's Nobel Peace Prize being based on racism.

    This is getting to be a bit ridiculous.
    Prohibition DID start and was fueled by racism. Harry J. Anslinger said it himself. He said "marihuana" causes negro men to have sexual relations with white women. You should really do some research into Anslinger.

    To pretend that this had nothing to do with racism is unfortunately not true.
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    Re: KKK Started The War On Drugs!

    It must have been bad ****, after some good skunk, the only crack I am interested in is the one in the ceiling

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    Re: KKK Started The War On Drugs!

    I don't think racism has anything to do with it. I think puritanical religious BS is behind it & why we haven't legalized prostitution, gambling & other "immoral" things.
    We keep trying but the old axiom is true: "You can't legislate morality." (it isn't enforceable)

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    Re: KKK Started The War On Drugs!

    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    I don't think racism has anything to do with it. I think puritanical religious BS is behind it & why we haven't legalized prostitution, gambling & other "immoral" things.
    We keep trying but the old axiom is true: "You can't legislate morality." (it isn't enforceable)
    You need to read some of the information in the thread. Religion had nothing to do with drug criminalization, nothing at all.
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    Re: KKK Started The War On Drugs!

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    You need to read some of the information in the thread. Religion had nothing to do with drug criminalization, nothing at all.
    That's your opinion & you are wrong. The base motivation for all attempts to legislate morality is religion.

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