BEFORE YOU ANSWER, READ THIS: "Look, we understood we couldn't make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue...that we couldn't resist it." – (John Ehrlichman, White House counsel to President Nixon on the rationale of the War on Drugs).
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Maybe the question should be asked, why are they in the ghettos in the first place? Were they herded in like the Native Americans were herded onto reservations? (I can ask because of my Native American ancestors.)
The immigrants in the turn of the 20th century were all in ghettos, and the government didn't provide them with assistance programs available to blacks. American Blacks have stayed in the cities, ghettos because they get gov assistance.
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Right, I knew plenty of young white people in my day who used drugs. Whites went to prison, too. These conspiracy theorists, tsk, tsk.