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Republican Claims – Black Folks Can’t Genetically Handle Marijuana!

You got to see this to believe it!

This goes back to the “Reefer Madness days and Jim Crow, when scientific racists claimed black folks were inferior by various schemes  –

Kansas state Republican lawmaker resurrected a Jim Crow myth that African Americans are genetically predisposed to handle marijuana more poorly than other races during a speech over the weekend.

As the Garden City Telegram reported, State Rep. Steve Alford (R) told an all-white crowd that marijuana was criminalized during the prohibition era in the 1930’s primarily because of black marijuana use when asked a question by a member of the local Democratic party about potential economic boons from cannabis legalization.

“What you really need to do is go back in the ’30s, when they outlawed all types of drugs in Kansas (and) across the United States,” Alford said. “What was the reason why 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.”

As the Telegram noted in their report, Alford’s comments referenced a belief promoted by marijuana prohibitionist Harry Anslinger, the founding commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.

“Under Anslinger’s leadership, the FBN came to be considered responsible for the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937,” the report noted, “regulating cannabis and further taxing it to the ultimate detriment of the hemp industry that was booming at the time.”

“Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men,” Anslinger said once when explaining why marijuana supposedly caused crime and violence. The commissioner also fought for the prohibition of cannabis due to “its effect on the degenerate races,” the Telegram noted.

If you have never seen the film – here is a colorized version of the 1936 propaganda film “Reefer Madness”. BYO Popcorn!

 

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White Supremacist Gets Shut Down by BLM

In the late 90’s the white right took over the editorial pages of what had once been the most respected business periodical in the world. Now, their audience is largely limited to bigots and the white-right.

Heather McDonald is a white supremacists/nationalist who regulary publishes in this sewer, given scant cover by professional Lawn Jockey Jason Riley.

I really can’t see why any person of color would read this vile rag, or continue to support the advertisers therein.

A little history on Scientific racism and white-wing think tanks, and here relative to current conservative racist thinking.

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She wanted to criticize Black Lives Matter in a college speech. A protest shut her down.

The Facebook event invitation left little doubt about the protesters’ feelings toward pro-police speaker Heather Mac Donald.

They accused her of “neglecting the state sponsored genocide committed against black people” and said she represented “white supremacist and fascist ideologies.”

And just in case people didn’t get the point, organizers photo-shopped devil horns onto her picture.

The last words on the invite, which has since been deleted, offered instructions to like-minded Claremont McKenna College students and others: Show up wearing black and “bring your comrades, because we’re shutting this down.”

They were true to their word. On Thursday evening, about 250 protesters chanted “black lives matter” and other, more choice phrases at the entrance to the Athenaeum, a campus building where Mac Donald was slated to speak, according to a YouTube video of the demonstration. (Warning, it contains strong language.)

Blocking buildings on the California campus is an arrest-able offense, but seeing the sizable crowd, campus officials decided not to force the issue and instead live-streamed Mac Donald’s event.

“We jointly concluded that any forced interventions or arrests would have created unsafe conditions for students, faculty, staff, and guests,” Claremont McKenna College President Hiram E. Chodosh said Friday in a statement. “I take full responsibility for the decision to err on the side of these overriding safety considerations.”

The demonstration was the second time this year that a large-scale protest has targeted a conservative speaker on a college campus.

In February, a planned speech by conservative writer Milo Yiannopoulos was canceled at University of California at Berkeley because of virulent protests.

The protests at the two colleges illustrate a potent challenge for college administrators, who want to expose their students to a wide variety of opinions, but take heat when those efforts backfire.

“The breach of our freedoms to listen to views that challenge us and to engage in dialogue about matters of controversy is a serious, ongoing concern we must address effectively,” Chodosh said in the statement to students.

In an extensive interview with the campus newspaper, the Forum, Dean Peter Uvin said the university thought that a group of students might protest or even try to disrupt the speech, but campus police weren’t prepared for the hundreds that showed up. Video from the scene showed a heated but peaceful protest, and there were no reports of arrests.

As the nation has been entrenched in a heated conversation about whether officers are too quick to use fatal force on blacks and other minorities, Mac Donald has emerged as a strong conservative voice speaking against what she called “phantom police racism.”

In her book “The War on Cops” and in her live-streamed speech Thursday, she said black-on-black crime is a bigger threat to African Americans than police violence. A disproportionate amount of crime happens in black communities, she told students at Claremont McKenna, and modern policing is driven by data, not racism.

She also argues that an outsize focus on police brutality has caused police to back off on proactive policing measures that brought huge crime drops across the nation. “Criminals,” a synopsis of the book says, “are being emboldened.”

“There is no government agency more dedicated to the proposition that black lives matter than the police,” she said in a speech last year at Hillsdale College that has been viewed on YouTube nearly 25,000 times. “We have been talking obsessively about alleged police racism over the last 20 years in order to not talk about a far larger problem: black on black crime.”

Mac Donald didn’t respond to requests for comment made by The Washington Post.

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2017 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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