Russell Simmons: The War on Drugs Made Victims of the Black Community

I’m particularly concerned about how the war on drugs has destroyed the fabric of the black community in America. I grew up in a lower middle-class neighbourhood in Queens that was destroyed by drugs. It was the heroin capital of Queens. Everybody shot dope. My friend in the eighth grade was shooting dope. I’ve seen the suffering first-hand and I’ve been involved in the suffering too. I used every drug there is, back in the day, but it didn’t make me a bad person: it just made me a sad person, a diseased person. It didn’t make me a criminal.

What would have made me a criminal is if I’d been arrested and sent to jail for 20 years, which could have happened easily. A great number of kids in my neighbourhood did go to jail, and they didn’t come out so well. They were educated in criminal behaviour, came home violent criminals, and became repeat offenders.

People make choices, it’s true. And culture helps them, sometimes, to make bad choices. Drugs are a hurtful choice. They don’t promote stable happiness. There’s nothing good about them.

– Read the entire article at The Observer.



  1. Malcolm Kyle on

    Parasitic Prohibitionists dance hand in hand with every possible type of criminal one can imagine—an unholy alliance of ignorance, greed and hate which works to destroy all our hard fought freedoms, wealth, health, and security.

    * It only takes one juror to prevent a guilty verdict. ?* You are not lawfully required to disclose your voting intention before taking your seat on a jury.?* You are also not required to give a reason to the other jurors on your position when voting. Simply state that you find the accused not guilty.?* Jurors must understand that it is their opinion, their vote. If the Judge and the other jurors disapprove, too bad. There is no punishment for having a dissenting opinion.

    We must create what we can no longer afford to wait. Prohibition is the most destructive, dysfunctional, dishonest and hateful policy since Slavery. 

    If you wish to replace prohibition with a far more sensible system of legalized regulation, PLEASE VOTE TO ACQUIT! 

  2. Anonymous on

    Nothing will change until the people of this country come together and collectively agree that the war on drugs is over.