Poor people don’t vote

All Things Chronic

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nixon-drug-war-racist_us_56f16a0ae4b03a640a6bbda1

Ehrlichman provided some shockingly honest insight into the motives behind the drug war. From Harper’s:

“You want to know what this was really all about?” he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? 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. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

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6 thoughts on “Poor people don’t vote

  1. I appreciate the reblogging of my posts, I really do, but I’d like to hear more about you. 🙂

    We have something in common: a one-time jump off the high dive. At the time, my gymnastics coach made me do it — without holding my nose. That happened many decades ago, but I think there’s still some chlorine in my system. 🙂

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  2. Hahahaha I think I still have some water in my inner ear!!
    If I see someone underwater on TV without SCUBA gear I find myself holding my breath.

    I don’t actually know how to respond to your request.

    I’ve been told by a couple people that I’m like an ‘onion’ – I don’t think I’m as interesting as that, but I think it’s a compliment (?) :0)

    I started writing paragraph about ‘ask me, but I may not answer all questions’ but it went off on a tangent, so I scrapped it.

    If it helps – I was asked once why did I always answer a question with a question to which, without thinking I replied ‘What makes you say that?’. :0)

    Kate

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  3. What I meant was that I’d like to learn more about you through your blog. Right now, you re-blog the words of others, but this is your blog and I’d like to hear from you. Of course, since it is your blog, you get to choose what you post. I’m not trying to be bossy or anything, just making a request. 🙂

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  4. Thank you for replying.

    I don’t think you’re bossy at all. I just didn’t understand what you meant.
    I have put some of my stuff on line, but admittedly not much. I tend to hide it in between lots of re-blogging

    I re-blog or re-tweet other people’s stuff to share items I’ve read and liked and think others might like or find useful also. They may even start following that blog as a result, which is great!

    I tend to make comments on other people’s blogs, suppose I haven’t found my own ‘voice’ yet.

    I mainly write poetry and some short stories, but there are so many fascinating writers online, it’s a bit daunting putting my own stuff ‘out there’. (I don’t think I’ve used ‘I’ so much before hahaha).

    Your blog is so personal – You come across as being very open and honest. You want to help others by using your experiences and passing that on, which I think is so brave.

    Kate :0)

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