Happy 420! Let’s take the time to remember the black Americans jailed for marijuana use/distribution far more than white Americans despite the usage rates being about the same. Look at how steady those arrest rates are for white people while the black arrest rate climbed steadily.
This shouldn’t be surprising.
Racism is literally built into drug policing. Pretty much all urban police
departments do most of their narcotics policing by stopping and searching
vehicles and people in neighborhoods designated as “high-crime areas”. These
areas are almost always disproportionately low-income and disproportionately
African American and Latino. Just as an example, in New York City, narcotics police commonly use stop and frisks to
search people who appear “suspicious” and that police think might have drugs and/or
drug paraphernalia. In the report of all of these
stop and frisks during one year in NYC, young black men and young Latino men
between ages 14 & 24 accounted for about 42% of all stops, and that number
was much higher in areas with the lowest black and Latino populations. So in
neighborhoods that were whiter, the percentage of stops that were in this
demographic greater than in other neighborhood. Considering this demographic only
makes up 4.7% of NYC’s population, those numbers are grotesquely high…especially
when you take into account that 90% of the men stopped were innocent. Police
departments are always trying to justify this sort of thing by saying that
these are the people committing the crimes but obviously that’s absolute
nonsense. The entire war on drugs is a sham that was quite literally invented
as part of a political agenda to suppress the voices of black people and “hippies”.
This is a quote from John Ehrlichman, a member of the Nixon white house who
helped establish the Controlled Substance Act which began the war on drugs, “The
Nixon Campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies:
the antiwar Left, and Black people. 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.” There it is, straight from the horse’s mouth. So don’t
let anyone fool you into thinking the police aren’t racist. Our country has
bred a system of racism without racists and as long as the war on drugs
remains a powerful political tool, this system will always have life being breathed
i feel like im doing a really good deed every time someone tells me “i’ll pray for you” or “i’ll keep it in my prayers” and i just let it slide without saying anything but “thank you”
why would you say anything else, congrats on not being a cunt i guess
I am the type of person that always puts the happiness of others before my own happiness, so I don’t say anything else because I allow other people to do something they think is nice for me while foregoing my own personal beliefs. If you think it’s not uncomfortable to me when somebody says those types of things then you’d be wrong. But it’s more difficult to explain to other people what it means to be agnostic, let alone explain my personal interpretation. I feel like I’m doing a good deed because, although I appreciate their gesture, ultimately it makes me feel terrible when other people spend time praying for me when I really don’t appreciate the action of them doing so. So yeah it doesn’t make me feel great to just say thank you but I know that it will make the other person happy. On a side note, most of the time this happens when the person knows I’m not religious or spiritual, and then it’s also a reminder of the lack of acceptance and understanding that I’ve faced for my beliefs throughout my life. So that’s my simplest explanation. Hope that clarifies, for you, why I feel that way.
im probably gonna go deaf at like 40 cause every time I hear “FUNIMATION” my eardrums get one step closer to shattering
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