Summary Of The War On Drugs

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Danielle Allen who is a “political theorist” wrote this article to bring perspective on the effects of the “War on Drugs” declared by late President Nixon, on mainly the African-American communities, and minorities. This war was meant to stop drug abuse to improve our communities, instead, it turned into a war on the people of our country. Danielle Allen begins with what we hold as truths in our society by quoting amendments from the Declaration of Independence, “that all the people are created equal…that among these are Life, Liberty, and pursuit of Happiness”. She created a platform of these truths to remind the reader of beliefs and values of the American society. She also used Declaration of Independence further creating with an overview of the issues that we are facing today. “That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it”. The use of the Declaration of Independence serves as a background as she fodcuses on the issues and several claims to challenge its credibility.…show more content…
She goes on to list the current issues that not only the African- American communities are facing, but this includes the Latino Americans and minorities. She explains that these communities have been excluded from the American societies and also have been subject to racial profiling, use of excessive force, and discrimination, “the law robs them of the presumption of innocence”. Allen also stated that almost all races of all ethnic backgrounds use illegal drugs at the same rate, but somehow, the African American and Latino American are being
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