Jay Z Releases Animated Short Condemning the War on Drugs
America's War on Drugs has proven ineffective, expensive, and damaging to civil society.
The term "War on Drugs" coined by President Richard Nixon in 1971 has penetrated the American psyche for having escalated the nation's total incarceration rate to upwards of 2million. Although this isn't a message to condone drug abuse, trafficking, or drug-related violence, one simple thing is clear: the War on Drugs is not working.
Rapper Jay-Z recently released a narrated animated short giving an oral history of the War on Drugs, and the negative effects it has had both on individuals and entire urban communities. Featuring water-color illustrations by the talented Molly Crabapple, the 4-minute film openly decries the racial targeting of minorities for drug charges.
Offering plenty of food for thought, perhaps its time to reconsider our current drug policies.
H/T: New York Times