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September 18, 2016

Any distintive thoughs, dear readers, on notable new video, "Jay Z: 'The War on Drugs Is an Epic Fail'"?

This past week, the New York Times released this "op-ed" and video, which is embedded below, under the headline "Jay Z: ‘The War on Drugs Is an Epic Fail’."  This description of the video is provided by Asha Bandele, a senior director at the Drug Policy Alliance: 

This short film, narrated by Jay Z (Shawn Carter) and featuring the artwork of Molly Crabapple, is part history lesson about the war on drugs and part vision statement. As Ms. Crabapple’s haunting images flash by, the film takes us from the Nixon administration and the Rockefeller drug laws — the draconian 1973 statutes enacted in New York that exploded the state’s prison population and ushered in a period of similar sentencing schemes for other states — through the extraordinary growth in our nation’s prison population to the emerging aboveground marijuana market of today. We learn how African-Americans can make up around 13 percent of the United States population — yet 31 percent of those arrested for drug law violations, even though they use and sell drugs at the same rate as whites.

Notably, this Vox commentary by German Lopez provides a sharp review of this effort via its extended headline: "Jay Z’s viral video about the war on drugs gets mass incarceration all wrong: The video is well argued and beautifully drawn. It’s also completely wrong." 

September 18, 2016 at 10:50 AM | Permalink

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"Molly Crabapple"

And I stopped reading right there...and no I didn't begin watching the video...

"It’s also completely wrong."

Molly Crabapple, completely wrong. Now there is a SHOCK.

Posted by: Daniel | Sep 18, 2016 11:43:50 AM

My thought is that it might be an epic failure but it is far from over, marijuana notwithstanding.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Sep 18, 2016 11:46:45 AM

Soronel, right you are. Drug war is far from over, articles like could trigger unknowledgeable sen. like Cotton and a few others that think we need 24-40 yr sentences.

Posted by: MidWestGuy | Sep 18, 2016 5:47:04 PM

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