It’s not been a good week for the drug warriors, with the Global Commission and LEAP making all the news, and lots of media sources following up.
Yesterday, Leonard Pitts, Jr. hit hard on Obama’s role in not doing something about the drug war..
Dear President Obama:
Right after your election, somebody asked if I thought having a black president meant black people’s concerns would now receive attention at the executive level. I told them I expected the opposite. [...]
And the limitations of your presidency where African Americans are concerned have never been more obvious than they are this week.
And he mentions LEAP and the Global Commission.
Frankly, Mr. President, you should take this one personally. As you must know, the War on Drugs has been, in effect, a war on black men. Though whites are the nation’s biggest users and dealers of illicit drugs, blacks are the ones most likely to be jailed for drug crimes and to suffer the disruption of families and communities that comes with it.
You have done little to address these and other racial inequities of the criminal injustice system. [...]
Here’s the thing, Mr. Obama: Our last three presidents are known — or in George W. Bush’s case, strongly believed — to have used illicit drugs when they were young. None of you were caught.
But what if you had been? They might have been given a second chance by some judge who saw merit or potential in them. They might still have gone on to become productive men.
Mr. President, what do you think would most likely have happened to you?
You know the answer as well as I do. And what you know should compel you to do something about it. No, that might not be politic, but it would definitely be right.
Very strong words.