|Originally posted by D-res |
I agree Rob that the historical aspect of the show is quite informative and interesting until they somehow twist it into how it's become a plague on today's society.
It's so strange too, because honestly, the first part of each episode is inevitbly historically accurate and objective, but somehow they twist it into this anti-drug, "scourge of humanity" discussion by the end of the program.
The worst part about it is that they inevitably have some academic on who discusses the massive failures of the war on drugs, but then proceed to suggest absolutely absurd solutions to clean up the mess. Essentially, each episode ends with suggesting more (albeit different) legislation to deal with the problem - And the cycle perpetuates itself.
Interestingly enough, most drug prohibition legislation in this country has its roots in racist ideols and mythos. Simply put:
Marijuana is illegal because of the Mexicans, Cocaine because of the African Americans, and Opium due to the Chinese.
This is clearly nowhere near a complete discussion of the matter, but needless to say the phrase "Cocaine Crazed Negro" was commonplace in the early part of this century.
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