You can now include the NAACP on the list of reputable organizations who are calling for the end of this ridiculous war on drugs. At the organization’s national conference this year they made some major announcements about a shift in how they feel about the current drug policies:
“Today the NAACP has taken a major step towards equity, justice, and effective law enforcement,” said Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP. “These flawed drug policies that have been mostly enforced in African American communities must be stopped and replaced with evidence-based practices that address the root causes of drug use and abuse in America.”
Neill Franklin, an African American former narcotics cop from Baltimore and executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), had presented a talk on the need to end the War On Drugs at the NAACP conference on Monday.
“The NAACP has been on the forefront of the struggle for civil rights and social justice in this country for over a century,” Franklin said Tuesday about the passage of the resolution.
“The fact that these leaders are joining others like the National Black Police Association in calling for an end to the ‘war on drugs’ should be a wake up call to those politicians — including and especially President Obama — who still have not come to terms with the devastation that the ‘drug war’ causes in our society and especially in communities of color,” Franklin said.
Honestly I would have thought that they would have been on board with this a long time ago. Just earlier this week HMJ showed some shocking stats about the disparities in races that are arrested for marijuana possession in Chicago. Now the NAACP is putting it out there, we are witnessing history take place. Little by little.
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