All lives matter? In America, it seems that Black lives haven’t mattered throughout its history. Here’s the seldom-told reality of the “war on drugs,” courtesy of President Nixon’s close aide.
Have you ever heard of the Haldeman diaries? What do they have to do with Black lives or President Nixon. Well, according to New York Times, H.R. Haldeman was Nixon’s chief of staff.
So, if anyone knew Nixon’s taboo secrets, it was his right-hand man — well, until Watergate anyway.
According to the report, the information was composed from two audio recordings and several journal entries from Haldeman’s diary. Essentially, President Nixon said that the major problem in America was “the Blacks.” In the diary, it was recorded that the president — who was noted as “P” — had a particular distaste for Black Americans.
“P emphasized that you have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks,” says the source. “The key is to devise a system that recognizes this while not appearing to.”
Folks, that’s where the “war on drugs” comes into play; a tool strategically put into play to “fight Blacks,” mentions a recent CNN report.
According to former Nixon domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman, Blacks were considered the enemy during Nixon’s presidency.
“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left [“hippies”] and black people,” Ehrlichman says.
“We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities.”
“We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news,” expressed Ehrlichman. “Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
There it is; a point-blank confession that the “war on drugs” is faulty and has always been strategically targeted against Black Americans.
According to Deadline, The Wire‘s writers had this to say about the “war on drugs.”
“What the drugs themselves have not destroyed, the warfare against them has. And what once began, perhaps, as a battle against dangerous substances long ago transformed itself into a venal war on our underclass. Since declaring war on drugs … we’ve been demonizing our most desperate citizens, isolating and incarcerating them and otherwise denying them a role in the American collective. All to no purpose. The prison population doubles and doubles again; the drugs remain.”
While Black lives do matter, in this country’s past, it shows that they haven’t quite mattered the way “All Lives Matter” activists would like America and the rest of the world to believe.
Nixon’s former policy chief told his story to Dan Baum, a writer for Harper’s Magazine.
To this, Baum mentions that he feels Ehrlichman was glad to finally tell someone of the horrible decisions they contributed to America’s past, against particular American communities. Matter of fact, further layering Nixon’s system plan, the president addressed Congress with a skewed explanation regarding the control of narcotics and dangerous drugs.
According to his speech, this “war on drugs” was supposed to be in-response to the growing heroin epidemic in America — which, from the aforementioned testimony, the Nixon administration helped put into place.
Funny how “history” tends to continuously miss key facts and give one-sided accounts, right? This is the dark side of American history which still exists and implements itself today, maintaining its identity as the “war on drugs”; when, according to Ehrlichman, it’s actually a war on Black lives.
According to the National Corrections Reporting Program — as reports Human Rights Watch — approximately 54 percent of drug conviction incarcerations belong to Black Americans.
It also reports that Blacks are 10.1 times more likely to go to prison for a drug charge than Whites, overall. It jumps to 11.8 times the number when it concerns males only.
And from the looks of things, the United States is one of the biggest “dope dealers” in the world. According to New York Times, the CIA has used drug sells to gain alleged alliances and dominance in several countries.
If this is true, America might not negotiate with terrorists, but it sure knows how to negotiate a “kilo” or two, no? Then again, the Ku Klux Klan is well-documented as America’s domestic terrorist group. Yet, it has negotiated with the group throughout history, no?
Concerning this picture, David Duke was once asked if he was affiliated with the “hunting license.” He denied any affiliation with it and cast it off as “satire.” But then again, the use of Black babies as alligator bait was also cast off as satire. Yet, it’s the truth; just another dark side of America’s past.
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People used to use black babies as alligator bait… I can't even express how disturbing this is. pic.twitter.com/bUmOJoaPxE— Brown Saraah (@Brown_Saraah) July 26, 2016
All in all, Black lives do matter. This “war on drugs” has targeted the Black community for generations. And, what makes it worse is its self-perpetuation. What are your thoughts? Feel free to share them in the comments below.
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