I the war on drugs really just a war on minorities? Are the police cracking down on drugs just to arrest more minority men? Do the police believe in cleaning the streets of drugs or cleaning the streets on minority men? My answer is yes. Since the creation, evolution, and professionalization and American policing minority men have been the target of arrest. Statistics have shown that minority population is a highest in prison. Police have always charged minority men and women with more severe charges, even some punishable by death. To be straight forward with it, police have targeted and made a career off arresting minorities.
A new phenomenon began to raise during the 80s and 90s and that was the rise of drugs. Drugs became so popular and harmful to the people that police had to correct this problem. The police began to crack down on drugs, thus beginning the war on drugs. Now the funny thing about this is that minority and drugs go hand in hand. "African-Americans are 62 percent of drug offenders sent to state prisons, yet they represent only 12 percent of the U. S. population." This makes me wonder about the people who sail and use drugs. A person cant tell me that a white person doesn't use drugs because they would be a plan lie. In fact, "black men are sent to state prisons on drug charges at 13 times the rate of White men." This fact alone makes me believe that African American men are the target for drugs arrests. Even when it comes to the media. African American athletes are the ones who lose careers for drug involvement. Now I'm not justifying the actions of these men, I just want to know where are the white athletes who use drugs because I know there are some.
I am about to state two facts that disturb me very much, the first being "more than 25.4 million Americans have been arrested on drug charges since 1980; about one-third of them were Black." The other is 'Drug transactions among Blacks are easier for police to target because they more often happen in public than do drug transactions between Whites." These statements intrigue me but i sense a bias. The second statement says that blacks get targeted more because they happen more often. I say this is not true, the police target poor minority neighborhoods so of course more drug experiences occur. These officers don't target white neighborhoods where white kids are distributing drugs. The last point I would like to get at which backs up my answer is the fact that 1/3 of drug arrest since 1980 have been African Americans. This is because minorities are target because of a stereotype. Since African Americans have been associated with drug involvement, police are more likely to target and make arrest on these men. All I ask is that the target of drugs be un-bias.