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Summary and Reflection: “War on drugs is a war on people” talks about how the system is against people especially those of colored people. “This uptick took place at the same time we doubled down on policies born from the war on drugs” which has led to “a 350% increase over the past four decades” (Williams). These policies according to the article “were designed to destabilize and demoralize black communities” (Williams). In the US there is almost 60% of people in jail are colored. In America for African-American men 1 in 3 face the likelihood of prison. The war on drugs has left “millions of parentless homes, the heartbreaking struggles with addiction, the financial desperation and the overall feeling that systems were built to hurt” (Williams).
This source talks about how the War on Drugs is doing so many things against people especially those of colored. However, this article doesn’t look into the specific actions people do to cause themselves to get involved in this conflict. This article is missing the simple action or actions that men and women are doing and if in certain areas that these actions are more prominent in certain areas. You can assume by this article that with there being a higher rate of colored people in the system that there is probably a reason for them having a higher rate of people involved in this conflict. The article however doesn’t look into the ratio of white to colored ratio in the system for drug related offenses which I believe could show a more even number. Overall this article has its faults, but does have its strong points.
MLA Citation: “War on drugs is a war on people.” Google, Google, www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2016/09/22/opinions/war-on-drugs-michael-k-williams/index.html.
Summary and Reflection: “The Failed War on Drugs” starts out with “the United States has been a failure that has ruined lives, filled prisons and cost a fortune” ( Shultz). This is a very similar statement as one made in the previous source. The article states the War on Drugs began during the Nixon administration and “because drugs are bad for people, they should be difficult to obtain. As a result, it became a war on supply” (Shultz). The United States is among the highest rates for drug use in the world, but restricting supply has done very little to change that. The War on Drugs has created a huge problem against those who are selling the drugs as the money they recieve goes to “state-of-the-art weapons, hiring gangs to defend their trade, paying off public officials and making drugs easily available to children, to get them addicted” (Shultz). This has helped lead to “bloody mayhem in Mexico, El Salvador and other Central American countries. In Mexico alone, drug-related violence has resulted in over 100,000 deaths since 2006” (Shultz).
America’s Drug War has just been failing. The approach to cut of supplies simply has not changed the rate that people are using drugs. It is putting Americans into the system for low level drug offenses and tosses people in jail and that at times can create real criminals and push them back to doing what they did before because life after jail is much harder for people in most cases. This source talks about how we are going at the wrong way with this War. We are focusing more on foreign governments when the problem is at home and in our streets which should lead to us challenging our government workers and people more than we do to outside governments.
MLA Citation: Shultz, George P., and Pedro Aspe. “The Failed War on Drugs.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 31 Dec. 2017, www.nytimes.com/2017/12/31/opinion/failed-war-on-drugs.html.
Summary and Reflection: This photo gallery shows the harsh realization of the reality of death is a problem in this war and hurts those affected. It also shows the effects of the Mexican government can’t stop the deaths always and are also trying to stop drugs from being smuggled over. It also shows how the Mexican government is trying to get rid of weapons by offering food to those who turn them in.
This photo essay shows the harsh reality that the war on drugs isn’t just about drug use, but also about the deaths that it involves. It shows how this war is needed and without it the war can just become worse
MLA Citation: “Mexico's Drug Wars - Photo Essays.” Time, Time Inc., content.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1651420,00.html.
Summary and Reflection: “Insane in the Membrane” talks about the growing of Marijuana and the use of it. The song talks about the secretive manner you have to do it in since its illegal “Do my shit undercover” and since it is undercover some growing setups are never found out about. The song also talks about cops being involved “Cops come and try to snatch my crops / These pigs wanna blow my house down / Head underground to the next town / They get mad when they come to raid my pad / And I’m out in the nine deuce Cad.”
The term “Insane in the Membrane” can be interpreted in many ways and the way that I interpret it is that you’re a little crazy to do these things, but people are gonna continue doing them. The song also talks about how set ups people have for growing drugs or doing them in secret and that overall will end up leading many cases to be never heard or caught. This points to the question will they ever be able to catch everybody and stop it?
MLA Citation: Cyprus Hill. “Insane in the Membrane.” 1993.
Summary and Reflection: This cartoon “War on Drugs” shows a few things. The cartoon has labeled the man in swat like clothes to be the War on Drugs, but by creating him so big compared to everything else have designed him to be a monster. This “monster” is taking non violent offenders and just tossing them into jail. The prison or jail is already completely full with there not being one part of the floor visible.
The cartoon shows the issue of “The War on Drugs” taking on non violent offenders and overcrowding the jails which is helping private business. By fillings spots in private prisons companies are able to make money off of men and women who should realistically be serving community service or doing something better for themselves then prison time. The “monster” has become bigger than ever expected and has enough protection that it will be hard to go against the War on Drugs and change it.
MLA Citation: Www.depixion.com, DePIXion studios. “War on Drugs.” The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, editorialcartoonists.com/cartoon/display.cfm/125126/.
Summary and Reflection: Narcos is about the battles between the DEA rise of the cocaine trade in Colombia and the gripping real-life stories of drug kingpins of the late '80s. The show tells the great wealth men can gain from being involved in drug trafficking like cocaine, but it also shows the violence it bring on people. When gangs compete violence comes out. Also, to transport the drugs over it shows how innocent people are brought into it and sometimes killed. The show also shows real experiences of the DEA agents involved and shows the illegal things they do.
The show Narcos gives us a real look into the Drug War and how it stretches outside our country. It shows how it brings corruption to governments and people who seem to be good. It shows the violence it brings to people. It also shows many other problems that come along with drugs and reasonss for why there needs to be a war against them.
MLA Citation: Narcos. Created by Carlo Bernard, season 1-3, 2015.