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Journal 3 (1)

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Journal 3 The attack on crack cocaine was a waist of the government’s resources and time. There was no epidemic, it came and went just like every other drug. It was just apart of ‘The Drug Years.’ It was one of the last phases of America’s four decade long drug experimentation. First there was marijuana and LSD in the mid to late1960’s, then harder psychedelics and almost legalization of pot in 1976, and crack cocaine in the mid to late 1980’s and now prescription drugs such as Oxycontin. But crack cocaine was fought the hardest buy politicians in D.C. This plays right into institutional racism . Crack was
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Unformatted text preview: highly publicized as being a problem in majority black (race ) neighborhoods. This gave politicians an opportunity to without sounding racist, be racist. They were able to give the stigma that only poor black people used this drug. This was just heightened when Marion Barry, the mayor of Washington D.C. was caught with a prostitute in a hotel room smoking crack. This helped the government win over public support in favor of new (ineffective) programs to stop the use of drugs (impression management ). Such programs such as D.A.R.E. and ‘Just Say No’ were sloppily thrown together and didn’t give results....
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