A common refrain when blacks are confronted with their terrible crime rate is, “It’s $9 an hour at McDonald’s or you can take this ‘empty’ pack of cigarettes over to that guy for $100.”
I get that. What follows is the notion that the government flooded the ghetto with drugs to oppress the poor. There’s truth to that too but it had more to do with propping the contras in Nicaragua than keeping the black man down.
I believe the REAL solution to the troubles with black America is to end welfare so there’s an incentive to retain a family culture. Most non-liberals agree that welfare is bad for America but no prominent politicians on the right oppose the drug war (although, I suspect, in private Cruz cares as much about it as Obama cares about Jesus Christ). This is likely because conservatives, paleocons, neocons, Republicans and libertarians tend to be raging nerds who have never tried drugs and don’t know anyone who has been persecuted for selling them.
They see America’s prison culture as the lesser of two evils and assume 2.2 million people would be better off dead. I don’t know many prisoners or ex-cons but the ones I’ve met defy the stereotype. I’m going to keep meeting them and if prison is as fucked up as it looks, I’m going to do something about it.
This week I interviewed a drug dealer who just got out.
My column on the subject is HERE