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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration: Kathleen Wells, J.D.: Author and Legal Scholar, Michelle Alexander (Part 2)

Kathleen Wells, J.D.: Author and Legal Scholar, Michelle Alexander, Talks About The War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration (Part 2)

Kathleen Wells, asked Michelle Alexander, "Why are they targeting black communities and  neighborhoods"?

Michelle Alexander: Well, first of all, they could never get away with it, if they tried to do it in middle or upper-middle class white communities. If the drug war was waged on college campuses and universities and upper-middle class white communities, the way it's being waged in the 'hood, it would have ended 30 years ago -- it would have ended before it began.

"But again to understand why this is happening, I think you have to go back again to the origin. The drug war is traceable to a deliberate effort to exploit our nation's racial divisions and anxiety through this "get tough" rhetoric. And once the war was declared, law enforcement was given financial incentives to wage it".

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