Recently a Kansas Law maker made the news over comments he made in regards to Marijuana and the nations changing laws.
In front of his all white constituents talking about the changing drug laws State Representative Steve Alford made these comments:
“What you need to do is go back to the 30’s when they outlawed all types of drugs in Kansas and across the United States what was the reason they did that? One of the reasons why, I hate to say it, was that the African-Americans, they were basically users and they basically responded the worst off to those drugs just because of their character makeup, their genetics and that,”
Even if the Representative and his ilk want to play intellectually dishonest games they only prove that the prohibition of marijuana started and remains a racial issue at heart. The logic is you can’t let the colored smoke weed or they will go around having sex with white women. The laws against marijuana are aimed at putting blacks in jail thus taking away the right to vote and curbing Hispanic migration since you can kick em out for drug offenses quick and easy.
Regardless the Representative is correct. I for one as a black male cannot handle the potent mind controlling side effects of Marijuana. The last time I even smelled it I started fantasizing about white women and thirsting for harder drugs. I wanted some white girls to go with my white girl. That’s reason enough to outlaw weed tiny black minds and inferior genetics can’t handle it.
Rep. Alford is correct, however, that there was a distinct racial component of early efforts to outlaw certain types of drugs. It was not, however, out of concern for minorities, but instead part of an active effort to target them.
Harry Anslinger, the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (a predecessor of the Drug Enforcement Administration), zealously pursued marijuana prohibition in the 1930s in part due to a belief, echoed 70 years later in Rep. Alford’s remarks, that it was primarily used by blacks and Hispanics.
Racism was “commonplace in Anslinger’s discussion of marijuana,” as John Hudak, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, describes in his book Marijuana: A Short History. Among other things, Anslinger testified before the House Ways and Means Committee in 1937 that “colored students at the University of Minnesota [were] partying with [white] female students, smoking and getting sympathy with their stories of racial persecution. Result - pregnancy.”
And just to clear up any confusion. Rep. Alford is not a racist. He is the farthest thing from a racist.
“He came up and told me I’m a racist,” Alford told The Capital-Journal. “I’m about as far from being a racist as I could get.”
I was gonna go smoke tonight but I’ll think better of it. I don’t know what I am liable to do…my hands start shaking I work up a sweat and I just yell: A! WHERE THE WHITE WOMEN AT!