Eugene Jarecki On Small Victories In The Drug War And What it Will Take to End It

Eugene Jarecki, director of Freakonomics and now The House I Live In a must-see documentary about the origins and impact of the war on drugs shares his thoughts about the drug war and how to end it in this terrific interview with ChangeLab friend, The Nation and GritTV’s Laura Flanders talks here about the drug war and what it will take to end it.

Jarecki challenges us to personalize drug enforcement. I found myself asking the question, if I found a joint on an 18 year old in my life, would I call the police, have them arrested and thrown into prison? Obviously not. Yet this is what we are doing daily to young people who are randomly stopped and frisked by police. When small amounts of drugs like marijuana are found on them, they are often arrested, prosecuted and incarcerated. For the rest of their lives, they must live with the memories and stigma of prison, and a criminal record that will label them as second class citizens, and all for something many of us consider a mere youthful phase.

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By Scot Nakagawa

Scot is a community organizer, activist, cultural worker, and political writer. He has spent the last four decades exploring questions of racial injustice and racial formation and effective forms of resistance and strategies for change through community campaigns, cultural organizing, popular education, writing, and direct political advocacy.

Scot’s primary work has been in the fight against vigilante white supremacist groups, white nationalism, Nativism, and authoritarian evangelical political movements. In this work, he has served as a strategist, organizer, and social movement analyst. Scot is a past Alston/Bannerman Fellow and the Association of Asian American Studies 2017 Community Leader. He is busy at work on a number of projects, including writing a playbook for anti-fascists, and a primer on race and power. His writings have been included in Race, Gender, and Class in the United States: An Integrated Study, 9th Edition; Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence; and Eyes Right!: Challenging the Right Wing Backlash.

One reply on “Eugene Jarecki On Small Victories In The Drug War And What it Will Take to End It”

I’ve also heard an ex-cop who said the war on drugs is like squeezing a balloon. When you attack one location of drug dealers the drugs move to another location.

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