The famous rap mogul narrated a short film talking about racism in drug law enforcement and how the system needs a rethink about its policies.
The incarceration rate in America is disturbing. The U.S has the most number of people in jail with about 2.3 million people incarcerated. Even though the nation makes up only 5 percent of the world’s population, almost 25 percent of all the world’s prisoners are in America.
These unbelievable numbers are mostly due to decades-old policies on the war on drugs. There have been obvious racial disparities in drug law enforcement, as mostly Blacks and Latinos are imprisoned for drug use and possession.
In a short film narrated by Jay-Z, he described the drug war as an “epic fail” and he believes it’s right about time to have a rethink on the war on drugs because the harsh drug policies have had nothing but an unflattering effect on Black people.
The amazing artwork in the video was done by Molly Crabapple. The rap icon slammed the Nixon-era drug policies from the 1970s that were implemented in a way which made Blacks their primary targets. He also went on to point out that the justice system has been lenient with whites who use and sell drugs as much as Blacks, or even more.
“NYPD raided our Brooklyn neighborhoods while Manhattan bankers openly used coke with impunity,” he said in the video.
At the time of the crack epidemic in the U.S., Black men were targeted and considered “the sole villains” in the quick deterioration of urban neighborhoods. Jay-Z emphasized on the fact that prisons have been filled with Black-Americans who are not drug kingpins, but low-level users and dealers, apprehended and handed ridiculously long sentences for possession of marijuana.
The music mogul also stated that President Ronald Regan’s economic and drug enforcement policies had a huge effect on the present unstable and failed communities in the country. He believes that the four-decades-old policies have failed and an urgent rethink is needed.
A wonderfully narrated video by Jay-Z highlights the problems Blacks have been facing in the faux war on drugs. The cruel policies have really damaged the Black people, as they have been targeted and incarcerated for minor drug crimes by drug law enforcers, while whites have walked free for committing even bigger drug crimes. Jay-z could never go wrong, as he’s right once again, a rethink is needed.