A Nixon advisor has recently revealed that the war on drugs was really war on black people. A lot of us already knew that, so this is basically just a confirmation. Dan Baum wrote a book about drug prohibition. In the book, he spoke about the effect that politics had on it.

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A quote from former Nixon policy advisor John Ehrlichman in 1994, explains the true intentions behind war on drugs.

“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.”