Argumentative Essay On The War On Drugs

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The War on Drugs that the government has been fighting for almost two centuries has been a failure. The War on Drugs has made criminal organizations, violence around the world, and drugs themselves worse. The War on Drugs has negatively affected the lives of millions of people around the world as it has led to massive incarceration in the United States; corruption, political destabilization, and violence in Latin America, Asia, and Africa; to systemic human rights abuses across the world. Prohibition of certain drugs has actually led to higher rate of violence and murders all around the world.

Which drugs are legal and illegal is not really based on any specific scientific assessment of the relative risk of the drugs, but it has everything to do with who is associated with these drugs. For each drug that has known to become illegal particular minority group has been blamed and denounced by the government and law enforcement. The first anti-cocaine laws in the early 1900s were directed at black men in the south. The first anti-Opium laws in the 1870s were directed at Chinese immigrants. The first anti-marijuana laws, in the Midwest and Southwest in the 1910s and 20s, were directed at Mexican migrants and Mexican Americans. A top aide of Nixon, John Ehrlichman, admitted: “You want to know what this was really all about. 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

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