LEAP's Neill Franklin on Race and The War on Drugs
For those of you not aware, there is a group of former cops, prosecutors and judges who make up the advocacy group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (http://leap.cc), a group dedicated to spreading knowledge about how much the damage the drug war is doing.
The Executive Director of LEAP – former Maryland State Police narcotics officer Neill Franklin – speaks at many functions around the country, and this video comes from LEAP’s Youtube page. It features Mr. Franklin speaking to the NAACP in Boston, Massachusetts about The War on Drugs and what it is doing to the black community.
The most surprising part about the video is the statistic on black women and incarceration. While drug laws are obviously used to target black men, there is little mention in even the independent media and the incredible rise in black women being jailed for drugs.
Which brings up an interesting point. While many black activists bring attention to this problem, President Obama goes out of his way to prop up the very system that is responsible for this new form of slavery. This is heinous not only because of his black heritage, but because he is a Democrat, who African-Americans vote for at a 90%+ clip. And Obama makes no move to correct this situation, a situation that affects much of his voting base.
Does power change someone that much?
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