Carlos Calito edited - Carlos Calito Rizzuto English 101 3 December 2020 The War on Drugs or Crimes against Humanity The war on drugs was founded

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Carlos Calito Rizzuto English 101 3 December 2020 The War on Drugs or Crimes against Humanity? The war on drugs was founded under the guise of eliminating illegal drug use, and protecting our children from being hooked on substances. However, over time, it appears that this war did less to eliminate the use of drugs, and was instead another tool that crippled the African American community. Through academic sources, papers, and articles, I intend to display how the research I’ve done on the “War on Drugs” disproportionately impacted communities of color, through various acts: including but not limited to: unjust police brutality against African-Americans, violations of the constitutional rights granted to citizens of color (stop and frisk and searching without due process), and the systematic disparity between the sentencing of African-American and White citizens of the community of Oakland, California. These allegations have led me to conclude that the U.S justice department was racist, and has two sets of laws: One for the White man, and another for “others”. One of main issues about the war on drugs is the increase of police brutality, mainly directed to the black community. Once stopped or questioned by law enforcement officers, one should be aware that their rights should not be denied. For instance, when arrested, the arrested person should not be compelled to answer questions if they wish to remain silent. Moreover, an arrested person should be allowed to contact a lawyer before consenting to answer any questions asked (ACLU). In addition to this, individuals also have the constitutional right not to permit the police to search their homes if they do not possess a search warrant. However, Weir argues in her article on ‘ Policing in Black and White ’ that
racial bias is always in the play during police arrests. In most situations police have a very different mindset on the manner in which they treat people of color once they are detained (Weir). The black community has seen a huge impact on police brutality due to the war on drugs. It is almost like they have a label on their back that says, “I’m using illegal drugs”. This has led to a series of mass incarceration due to the use of illegal drugs. The mass arrests of blacks for drugs possession are facilitated by the fact that it is easier for the police to make arrests in the minority urban areas compared to the white areas. There is the misconception that drug dealers often originate from poor black neighborhoods (Fellner). It is always the black community that seems to be affected by police brutality. Even though anyone could use illegal drugs, police focuses in one single group, the black community. I would like to use the community of Oakland, CA as my focus point. “Past-year cocaine use in 2015 among 12th graders has been essentially the same across regions and varied between 1.8% and 2.3%, with the exception that the West stood out and climbed to 4.4% in 2015” (Miech). As stated by one of the authors of the Drug War Facts official website, the west has seen an increase in Cocaine and Crack abuse. A climb of 4.4% is extremely

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