Kansas state rep: Black people 'responded the worst' to marijuana because of 'their genetics'
A GOP lawmaker in Kansas said that African-Americans "responded the worst" to marijuana because of their "genetics" and "character makeup."
State Rep. Steve Alford (R) said at a “Legislative Coffee” session on Saturday that Jim Crow-era policies banning drugs such as pot were to protect other citizens from the drug use of black Americans.
“Basically any way you say it, marijuana is an entry drug into the higher drugs,” Alford said, as first reported by The Garden City Telegram. “What you really need to do is go back in the ’30s, when they outlawed all types of drugs in Kansas and across the United States.”
“What was the reason why they did that? One of the reasons why, I hate to say it, was that the African-Americans, they were basically users and they basically responded the worst to those drugs just because of their character makeup, their genetics and that,” he continued.
Not sure if this dimbulb president is stupid enough to believe what he actually said, or unintentionally smart in revealing how racist the drug war has been these past 40+ years. The majority of drug arrests for marijuana possession
are of black Americans, despite them using drugs at the same rate as white Americans.
Not to mention that the entire drug war was created back in the 1970s by the Nixon administration as a way to suppress black Americans and anti-war protesters
"You understand what I'm saying? We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders. raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did."
And also that the crack epidemic
was started by the CIA in order to fund weapons for the Contras. So yes, the federal government targeted black Americans with crack for the sake of the military industrial complex could sell and trade weapons. The drug war is hella racist!