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  •  The Drug Hysteria was touched off by the Death (8+ / 0-)

    of Len Bias of an overdose on June 19, 1986. The Drug Warriors immediately seized onto the NBA star's death and ruthlessly exploited it in the media generating an atmosphere of hysteria. That wave of popular hysteria led to the passage of the draconian, and punitive Crack Cocaine laws, and also the Federal prohibition against Marijuana (just  to pile on).

    "The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." ~ Thomas Jefferson

    by Lefty Coaster on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 03:10:41 PM PDT

    •  NBA star is a bit of a reach, (0+ / 0-)

      given that he died within two days of being drafted and never played a second in the pros. But he was the most beautiful college player I've ever watched in person -- sheer poetry in motion. Too bad that wasn't his legacy instead of the hell his death unleashed.

    •  Actually, the drug hysteria started from (4+ / 0-)

      actual abuses in the nineteenth century when opium was a common ingredient in patent medicines. It was whipped into a fever against Chinese and opium, and then a much worse fever when various forces discovered in the 1920s that most crime could be pinned on Blacks supposedly hopped up on cocaine and marijuana. Also William Randolph Hearst hated industrial hemp.

      Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

      by Mokurai on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 04:53:45 PM PDT

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      •  racial racial racial all the way (1+ / 0-)
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        Eric Nelson

        and a way for the dominant white culture to keep the workers and colored/nonwhites under yet another economic yoke. Any white people caught up in it...workers or if high society, haha, fixed by the system.

        I am impressed with the small town drug ripoffs by the town and county cops we read about recently...I am sure that has always been the case, nothing new about it.

        Stinking badges indeed.

        This machine kills Fascists.

        by KenBee on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 10:51:02 PM PDT

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