Retired Judge Reveals the Surprising Rationale for America’s Extremist Drug Laws
The HORROR of interacial sex and crime from non-whites
The first anti-drug law in our country was a local law in San Francisco passed in 1875. It outlawed the smoking of opium and was directed at the Chinese because opium smoking was a peculiarly Chinese habit. It was believed that Chinese men were luring white women to have sex in opium dens. In 1909 Congress made opium smoking a federal offense by enacting the Anti-Opium Act. It reinforced Chinese racism by carving out an exception for drinking and injecting tinctures of opiates that were popular among whites.
The racial fallout from our drug laws has persevered. In her article, The Discrimination Inherent in America’s Drug War, Kathleen R. Sandy reported in 2003 that black Americans then constituted approximately 12 percent of our country’s population and 13 percent of drug users. Nevertheless, they accounted for 33 percent of all drug-related arrests, 62 percent of drug-related convictions and 70 percent of drug-related incarcerations.