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New World Notes - Eugene Jarecki: The Drug War
This week on New World Notes: radio program #220, May 22, from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m., host Kenneth Dowst excerpts a talk by documentary filmmaker Eugene Jarecki.
Jarecki's new documentary on the drug war, The House I Live In, just won a top award at Sundance. Now Jarecki talks about some things he learned while making the film.
Among them: 90% of crack arrestees--but only 13% of crack users--are Black. Drug laws, always a means of race control, are now also a means of class control, with poor whites increasingly targeted. And the original "War on Drugs"--launched by Nixon in 1971--devoted two-thirds of its budget to treatment programs (vs. almost nothing today).
Jarecki's remarks are taken from an interview by Michael Slate, broadcast on The Michael Slate Show on KPFK, Los Angeles. The hour-long program is available here: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/59346. Many thanks for permission to rebroadcast.