Monday, July 12, 2010

Crack Cocaine - The Cotton Gin Of Our Age

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I have to apologize in advance for violating my own policies about making use of Slavery analogies and metaphors. While using such references to slavery is akin the cheap and easy attack as is labeling someone a 'Nazi', there is a powerful justification for seeking crack (and other highly addictive drugs - Meth) in the same light as the cotton gin.

The Legacy Of The Cotton Gin

The cotton gin came at a time when slavery in the American South was proving to be less profitable than the network of oppression and the string of lies that were told to keep it alive .

At the time preparation of cotton for the marketplace was a time consuming process.  Removing cotton seeds from the fibers was laborious and impacted the profitability of the cotton commodity for the slave holder. 
When the cotton gin came along it changed the economics of the slave holding business which exploited human beings. 

The machine automated the process of removing the cotton seed from the fiber.  In doing so the acreage of cotton throughout the South exploded.  "King Cotton" came to life and more enslaved Africans were needed to work the fields.  The slaveholders grew even more intransigent in their unwillingness to release these equal human beings from legal bondage as they were needed in the cotton workflow.

The Legacy Of Crack - The Unrealistic Plans To Move Forward
Despite recent attempts to rewrite the history of the impact of crack upon the Black community its highly addictive properties has destroyed thousands and thousands of lives and the human potential that was encapsulated within. 

In today's debate there is a heightened focus on the negative impact of the maintenance of the prohibition of crack and other highly addictive drugs.  If we sell these drugs through legal channels many of our problems will go away.  Those who are jailed today would instead remain as free and productive citizens in their own community and amongst their families.

When it comes to addressing the highly addictive properties of these drugs the plan calls for more government spending on addictive treatment.

In observing the two characters in the video I conclude that the legalization of drugs will merely shift the problem rather than cure them.

  • Stores that sell these highly addictive drugs will be robbed at gun point or broken into in the cover of night.  The point is that the lust for the chemicals that support their addiction is the key link - not just the administration of justice
  • The dysfunctional behavior of those who are addicted to these drugs - as shown by the man from Chicago -will continue despite the presence of official channels for distribution and the addition treatment centers.   It would be just as logical to argue that the distribution of rat poison for human consumption through legal channels would lead to improved outcomes
The only way to mitigate the scourge of these powerful drugs upon people, their families and our community is to insure that individuals never take their first hit and thus are not attempting to reach that "first high" once again.

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