Volumes have (already) been written about Jeff Sessions’ efforts to plunge America right back down the “war on drugs” rabbit hole, a Quixote-esque pursuit that everyone with any sense knows will invariably dead end in failure.
This is a long, and winding debate that we’ve had in these pages on any number of occasions, but for our purposes here, suffice to say that when it comes to policies that are ostensibly designed to get “tough” on drugs, racial biases are always – always – lurking in the background.
Of course Sessions’ “hard” line on mandatory minimums fits neatly with how Donald Trump likes to characterize modern America.
Recall his apocalyptic inauguration speech or simply note what the recently-released transcripts of his January 27 call with Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto revealed about how he sees New Hampshire. To wit, from your President:
I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den.
Well, as you think about all of this, do note the following two charts, the first of which shows that although weed smoking is equally prevalent among whites and African Americans, the latter are 3 and a half times more likely to get arrested for marijuana possession:
Oh, and by the way, remember that although white people have good weed conversation, passing out around them can have decidedly undesirable consequences…