America 's War On Drugs

1754 WordsMay 26, 20178 Pages
As many African-Americans were rejoicing their long and strenuous journey, a new plan was afoot for them: the war on drugs. The war on drugs is unequivocally the biggest and most durable war this country has ever fought against its own citizens. Like any other wars the United-States has engaged in, the war on drugs is remarkably different; it was fought internally, and intended to target a specific group, people of color. Their communities, houses and churches were flooded with law enforcements, constantly checking for illegal possession of drugs. They were branded criminals and were continuously being thrown in jails or prisons, with harsh and lengthy sentences imposed on them. And once they were released, many are saddled with huge debts…show more content…
A myriad of Segregation laws was introduced to drive a wedge between whites and blacks. Their schools were segregated; their churches were also segregated. Even activities like sharing a public water fountain, public bathrooms, public transportation was prohibited under some Jim crow laws. Now, they are faced with the war on drugs era, a war that is carried on by the US government against people of color. It would be a fallacious statement to claim that “race was the cause of slavery”. Before African-American were forcibly transported to the US to work as slaves, many poor whites were already engaging in working on the plantations as indentured servants. With many lands available, the idea of indenture servants became alluring to many plantation owners, for the simple reason that their lands were in need to be looked after and at the same time, could be served as capitals that generate wealth. Therefore, they began making promises to many whites, to work their lands in exchange for their transportation fees. Poor whites who wanted to make a living would exchange their labor for certain agreements. However, the contracts had stipulated the amount of time that they should serve. Their freedom was respected among plantation owners, and those of their children were, too. They were granted certain living conditions, and after they were finished with their contract, they were free to decide whether they would want to continue

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