Would Legalizing Marijuana Make Life Better For Black Americans?


A recent Gallup poll indicates that 50 percent of Americans are in favor of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. African-Americans tend to hold more conservative views on drug legalization, in spite of the fact that African-Americans are far more likely to be arrested and prosecuted for marijuana possession than their white counterparts.
Proponents of marijuana legalization say that this perspective might change if there were greater awareness around the foundation of the “War on Drugs” in the United States. “There is a lot of evidence to suggest that the origin of these laws was intended to be [utilized as] the new Jim Crow. In order to criminalize large swaths of the population,” said James Clark, a criminal defense attorney in Oakland, California.

African-Americans are often categorized as politically liberal. However, the black church has a large influence on the moral compass of the African-American community. This often-conservative influence might provide an insight into why African-Americans are against relaxing the drug laws that often split up their own families.

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Would Legalizing Marijuana Make Life Better For Black Americans?
The Grio
Fri, 21 Oct 2011 21:23:53 GMT


Sharpton Calls Tyler Perry Critics “Proper Negroes”


Rev. Al Sharpton‘s National Action Network honored actor, producer and director, Tyler Perry last Wednesday at their Triumph Awards.

Sharpton would call Tyler Perry’s, critics “proper negroes” who don’t understand regular Black folk.

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The Washington Post reports:

Sharpton said Perry has given work to many black actors who have been ignored by Hollywood, and has created an empire on his own terms: “The ultimate pride is where you don’t have to bend and adjust for others to accept you. … He didn’t go mainstream, he brought mainstream to us.”

Perry said black people first gave him success, and he has sought to tell his community’s stories. He accused his critics of trying to remove themselves from their roots.

“I stayed with who we are, and what I wish I could get us to understand as a people is that instead of getting your education and running from us, you need to ground and root yourself in who we are. Every other culture in this country knows the value of us as black people but we don’t know it ourselves,” he said.

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Sharpton Calls Tyler Perry Critics “Proper Negroes”
Casey Gane-McCalla, Lead Blogger
Fri, 21 Oct 2011 21:46:13 GMT

Cornel West Arrested Again, This Time at a Stop-and-Frisk Protest


Civil rights activist and Princeton professor Cornel West has been an outspoken supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement, but not just from behind his lectern. West was arrested today in Harlem while demonstrating against the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactics, making for his second police run-in for civil disobedience in less than a week. Outside of a local precinct this afternoon, a group rallied and chanted, “We say no to the new Jim Crow; stop and frisk has got to go,” before about 30 people were arrested. The department’s “random” search policy, which skews insanely toward men of color, came under renewed fire this week thanks to a crooked cop who boasted about his race-based arrests. West was also cuffed on Sunday outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., but was not charged with a crime.

Cornel West arrested in NYC [RT]
Cornel West Arrested at ‘Stop And Frisk’ Protests [Atlantic Wire]

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Cornel West Arrested Again, This Time at a Stop-and-Frisk Protest
Joe Coscarelli
Fri, 21 Oct 2011 21:11:04 GMT