MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan on Monday highlighted the concerning racial disparities that existed within America’s war against illegal drugs.
“Our big story on this Martin Luther King holiday is the new math of racism in America,” he said. “The greedy bastards have rebranded racism, calling it ‘the war on drugs.’ They’ve made it both acceptable and profitable. While the concerns of racism from the 1950s and 60s have improved in this country, if you look at the numbers the war on drugs has become a racist war.”
He noted that African Americans are ten times more likely than white Americans to be imprisoned for the same drug charges. He also noted there were more African Americans in prison or on probation today than there were slaves in America before the civil war.
Dylan added that American taxpayers spent $74 billion on prisons in 2007, with a growing percentage of that money going to private prisons.
“And yes, publicly traded for profit prison companies exist,” he said. “These companies have massive political and lobbying wings to keep the war on drugs alive, as they also happen to use the very prisoners as cheap labor.”
When Juan Williams of Fox news brought up the topic of race during a question directed at Newt Gingrich the majority if not all of the audience booed. They booed a black man, as he was asking Gingrich about comments he made concerning African Americans and welfare. The, I’m assuming, mostly white audience booed a black man when he brought up what the former speaker said about black people. They also booed a bit and didn’t clap when Paul said the drug war was racist. How are we not to think republican candidates and their supporters are racist? If you willingly support people who are racist themselves, it by one degree of separation makes you a racist as well.