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KKK's racist holy war

KKK's racist holy war.

The GOP KKK wants you

The GOP wants you!

George W. Bush and Jesus H. Christ

The U.S. Drug War. Republicans lead. See: New Republican governor removes voting rights of all felons for their entire lives [5]. A RepubliKKKan dream.

Mass incarceration due to the drug war began in the 1980's due to Republican-led hysteria about marijuana, followed up by whipping up fear of black men and crack cocaine. See: The American Drug Panic of the 1980s. Chapter 12 of Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance. See: Drug War, mandatory minimum sentencing, handguns.

USA 2009. Percent of adult males incarcerated by race and ethnicity
U.S. adult male incarceration rate is astronomical compared to the rest of the world. For both whites and blacks. But especially for blacks. Rates in the USA peaked in 2008, and have been declining slowly since then. Obama became President in January 2009, and has been gradually dismantling the new Jim Crow of Republican-led mass incarceration.

The majority of people incarcerated in prisons and jails in the USA are in due to drug-related offenses, crimes to get money for drugs, or drug-related parole or probation violations. Wikipedia: Drug-related crime. The number of inmates in the USA has increased almost 5 times over since 1980. The USA has the highest incarceration rate of any nation b c (except for the tiny country of the Seychelles). Compare incarceration rates worldwide. The cost of the U.S. drug war is at least 1.5 trillion dollars. Cannabis is safer! Share link.
US timeline of drug arrest rates by race

Drug arrest rates by race (per 100,000 population).

Crime chart timeline
Where have all the burglars gone? In contrast to Republican-led mass incarceration this is what is lowering crime rates in countries with low incarceration rates. They also have few handguns. See also Wikipedia: Comparison of United States incarceration rate with other countries.

Past month illicit drug use by race or ethnicity

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Chart below. Past month illicit drug use. Age 12 or older, by race or ethnicity 2002-2010. Results from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality.

Past month illicit drug use. Age 12 or older, by race or ethnicity 2002-2010

Over 100 years of drug war

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See: Cost of U.S. drug war.

2015. 70th anniversary: Victory over fascism in WW2. 35th year: Reagan's cannabis war. Today, Republicans often block cannabis legislation state by state (except low-THC bills). U.S. federal narcotic law enforcement began in 1915. 1915 was also the year of Billie Holiday's birth. 2. The movie, "The Birth of a Nation," came out in 1915. Originally called The Clansman. First blockbuster movie. Roots of hate radio, Fox News, Nixon's racist Southern Strategy, and racist drug war.

Drug laws impact on whites, latinos, blacks

Chart is for December 31, 2012. Data comes from: Prisoners in 2013. From Table 14 of the PDF. By Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Republican wars on brown people

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The "War on Drugs". Why is everything a "war" or a "crusade" to Republicans? The war on drugs is a war on people.

George Carlin: Youtube: George Carlin: "We Like War!" 1992. "Especially if your country's full of brown people." (1 min 20 sec in. Direct link there). Bush's "crusade".
  • George Carlin "We Like War!"03:44

    George Carlin "We Like War!"

  • Bush Crusade

Black Lives Matter

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Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter.

Drug war failure

All We Want Is Justice: Fighting for Eric Garner [9]. By Erica Garner and Reggie Harris. Dec. 3, 2015. Huffington Post. NYPD cop who killed Eric (I can't breathe) Garner with a banned chokehold is still on the payroll.

Bill Maher on the Drug War

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Bill Maher on drug war

See: Bill Maher, on CelebStoner.

Bill Maher: "We had slavery, and then we had the Jim Crow laws, and I think the successor to those two ways of putting down the black man in America is the war on drugs." From Real Time with Bill Maher – Episode 260, September 21, 2012.

Bill Maher: May 2, 2010 video and article: "I would never say and I have never said, because it's not true that Republicans, all Republicans are racists. That would be silly and wrong. But nowadays, if you are racist, you're probably a Republican. And that is quite different." More info

Bill Maher: October 8, 2011 video and article. "Overtly racist bullshit thinly painted over. Honestly, could anyone have written a better metaphor for the modern Republican party?" More info.

Cory Booker & Quentin Tarantino on Drug War

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Incarceration rates by race, age, and ethnicity

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2009 numbers in first 2 charts below. See charts source for more info.

  • USA 2009. Percent of adult males incarcerated by race and ethnicity
  • USA 2009. Adult male incarceration rates per 100,000 population by race and ethnicity

Incarceration rates in the USA peaked in 2008.

2008 chart below is from page 8 of the PDF for a September 2010 report by The Pew Charitable Trusts: Collateral Costs. Incarceration's Effect on Economic Mobility. Numbers are for 2008. Incarceration by group

Chart below has numbers for 2010, and is from:

"On any given day in 2010, almost one in ten black men ages 20-39 were institutionalized". [11]. "Institutionalized" means incarcerated for the most part nowadays: "Few persons under age 50 are in nursing homes, and the populations housed in mental hospitals have declined greatly over the past three decades." [12]. See: US timeline of imprisonment and mental hospital rates. "By 2010, nearly a third of black, male high school dropouts aged 25-29 were imprisoned or otherwise institutionalized." [13].
US timeline of incarceration rates by age, race, and education

More 2010 numbers in chart below. It is adapted fron this article: Chart: Black America's incarceration rate is almost 37 times as high as Canada's. By Dylan Matthews on October 16, 2014. Vox Xpress.

Incarceration rates worldwide plus black Americans
The 2010 rates in the above chart are per 100,000 of all ages. Except for black American men which is per 100,000 adults in 2010. More variations of the chart, and more sourcing info:

Chart below is US timeline of adult male incarceration rates by race and ethnicity. From this article: Our penal system - Why Nations Fail. By Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson.

US timeline of adult male incarceration rates by race and ethnicity


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Donald Andrews, Jr., owns a smoke shop in Scotia, New York

Donald Andrews, Jr., owns a smoke shop in Scotia, New York.

The new Jim Crow

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Jim Crow in Durham NC 1940

"At the bus station in Durham, North Carolina." Jim Crow in May 1940. Jack Delano, photographer. Image info.

Map of U.S. incarceration rates by state

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Adult rates of incarceration on December 31, 2013.

US Adult Incarceration Rate by State

Total juvenile detention chart for the USA

See Wikipedia article.

Adult incarceration on December 31, 2013
Jurisdiction Adults in
prison or jail
Incarceration rate
per 100,000 adults
State 2,012,400 830
Federal 215,100 90
U.S. total 2,227,500 910

Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the above map. It is the highest rate in the world.

  • Louisiana's Republican Governor Bobby Jindal Denies Clemency to Non-Violent Pot Offenders. By Mike Adams, June 22, 2015. "Without a doubt, Louisiana is a veritable concentration camp for marijuana offenders, currently housing more prisoners for petty pot-related crimes than any other state in the nation—with some of these people forced to spend as much as 20 years in prison due to the state’s three-strike rule." See also:
  • Petition · Grant Clemency to Bernard Noble, 13 years for 2 joints · Louisiana's Republican governor needs to be voted out of office for denying this man's clemency. "Due to two, decades-old prior drug convictions, he was charged under the state’s habitual offender law and faced a mandatory sentence of thirteen and one-third years. ... A father of seven children and he works hard to support them. His youngest child suffers from autism, and another of his young children suffers from rheumatoid arthritis for which there is no cure. To support them he started two businesses, a janitorial service and a restaurant."

How Billy Holiday was hunted down

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Billie Holiday Strange Fruit02:42

Billie Holiday Strange Fruit

"To Anslinger, this [jazz] was musical anarchy, and evidence of a recurrence of the primitive impulses that lurk in black people, waiting to emerge. 'It sounded,' his internal memos said, 'like the jungles in the dead of night.' Another memo warned that 'unbelievably ancient indecent rites of the East Indies are resurrected' in this black man’s music.' ... 'Please prepare all cases in your jurisdiction involving musicians in violation of the marijuana laws. We will have a great national round-up arrest of all such persons on a single day.' ... But when Harry came for them, the jazz world would have one weapon that saved them: its absolute solidarity."
YouTube link [18]. Billie Holiday singing Strange Fruit. See lyrics in the Youtube description, or here.

William Randolph Hearst and Harry Anslinger

Pancho Villa

Pancho Villa

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"The early black jazz musicians of the 1920s and 1930s blended their love of marijuana with sexuality. This music broke through the color barrier, and was enjoyed by both white and black audiences. Marijuana was the driving force for jazz, and it was the fear of the mixing of these races that drove the white elite. ... And who was the 1937 black star who was the model for stealing white women by using the reefer music that Hearst and Anslinger feared? Cab Calloway -- that funny, funny Reefer Man! ... The large number of songs glorifying marijuana use in the decade leading up to cannabis prohibition shows what a large part marijuana played in black culture and music. ... Hearst's hatred of Mexicans and his hyping of the 'Mexican threat' to America likely was rooted in the 800,000 acres of timberland that had been confiscated from him by Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution. The Hearst papers carried paid-for columns by both Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, rationalizing his relationship with the two men as one of 'helping to fight Communism.' However, during a continental tour Hearst actually attended the Nuremberg rally of 1934. He later completed a newsreel deal with Hitler during the trip!"

NAACP billboard and ACLU lawsuit.

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"Welcome to America, home to 5% of the world's people & 25% of the world's prisoners." NAACP, ACLU File Lawsuit Against City of Philadelphia for Rejecting Criminal Justice Reform Ad. Article by NAACP. Lawsuit filed October 19, 2011 during the period of the Occupy movement. Also see the ad banner article by Courthouse News Service. The drug war and prisons are big business, and a big part of how the 1% controls the 99%. See Facebook comments about the banner. The Republican Party leads the racist drug war.

Incarceration peaked in the USA in 2008. <<--See that article for sources, stats, and charts for the banner. Most inmates are incarcerated due to the drug war.

USA. 25% of world&#039;s prisoners 3

Image info. See billboard and stats.

Astronomical U.S. incarceration increase

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USA and territories. 2,424,279 inmates in 2008. ...
In 2008 with less than 5% of world population the USA had over 2.4 million of 9.8 million world prisoners (b). See latest numbers and World Prison Population List. The majority of inmates in the USA are in due to the drug war. The number of inmates in the USA has increased almost 5 times over since 1980. It peaked in 2008.
Total US inmates 2007-8

Incarceration nation

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Number incarcerated in the USA peaked in 2008.

US incarceration timeline

November Coalition graph. Some Congressmen and police who prosecuted the War on Drugs now believe it caused a large increase in the United States incarceration rate. See Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and larger chart with sources. See template. Incarceration peaked in 2008.

Correctional population USA

USA: Peak of 7.3 million people in 2007 under adult correctional supervision: On probation or parole, or incarcerated in jail or prison. About 3.2% of the U.S. adult population, or 1 in every 31 adults. More info here. See template.

Minorities under control of US corrections

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The number of people incarcerated in the USA peaked in 2008. The number of people in the correctional system as a whole (jail, prison, probation, parole) peaked in 2007.

Charts below are adapted from Race and Prison.

U.S. corrections system. Jail, prison, probation, parole
1990 2000 2007 2008 2009
TOTAL persons in system 4,346,941 6,423,708 7,326,734 7,319,419 7,234,209
Blacks and Hispanics in system 2,351,516 3,309,566 3,622,726 3,607,341 3,611,911
 : Blacks and Hispanics % of TOTAL 54.1% 51.5% 49.4% 49.3% 49.9%
Blacks in system 1,614,195 2,347,066 2,446,834 2,453,170 2,472,920
 : Blacks % of TOTAL 37.1% 36.5% 33.4% 33.5% 34.2%
Hispanic/Latinos in system 737,321 962,500 1,175,892 1,154,171 1,138,991
 : Hispanics/Latinos % of TOTAL 17.0% 15.0% 16.0% 15.8% 15.7%

Blacks and Hispanics incarcerated in prisons and jails
1990 2000 2007 2008 2009
% Blacks and Hispanics incarcerated 60.0% 63.4% 60.3% 60.4% 60.5%

About the above chart:
  • Blacks and Hispanics Under Control of the US Correctional System: In 2009, there were around 3.6 million blacks and Hispanics/Latinos who were on probation or parole, or housed in federal and state prisons, or in local jails. Between 1990 and 2009 blacks and Hispanics consistently represented around 50% of those under control of the system, even though they collectively comprise only 30% of the U.S. population (blacks around 12.6% and Hispanics/Latinos 16.3%).
  • Blacks and Hispanics Incarcerated in Prisons and Jails: Numbering around 1.3 million, blacks and Hispanics/Latinos made up around 60% of those housed in America's prisons and jails in 2009.

Table below is from here:

US adult correctional population timeline
1 in 9 black children has an incarcerated parent

Collateral Costs. Pew Trusts

Children with incarcerated parents

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"One in 9 African American children (11.4 percent), 1 in 28 Hispanic children (3.5 percent) and 1 in 57 white children (1.8 percent) have an incarcerated parent."

US timeline of children with incarcerated parents
Above chart is from page 19 of the PDF for a September 2010 report by The Pew Charitable Trusts: Collateral Costs. Incarceration's Effect on Economic Mobility.

Charts below are from page 8 of the same PDF. The numbers are for 2008.

Percent of children with incarcerated parents

Incarceration by group

Cannabis is safer

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See longer article: Cannabis is safer.

Mitt Romney in July 2012 in New Hampshire 2

Obama on medical marijuana and drugs
Above quote is from Sanjay Gupta interview of Obama on April 15, 2015. Interview aired on CNN on April 19, 2015. [26][27][28].

U.S. incarceration timeline 4

Obama helping turn around the Reagan-Bush War on Pot, mandatory minimums, and mass incarceration. See: US incarceration peaked in 2008.

Obama alone can not reschedule it

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Obama alone can not reschedule marijuana. [32] [33][34][35].

Pot Matters: For Legalization, Set Your Sights on the Senate. 23 Mar 2016. By Jon Gettman. "it will be helpful, and indeed crucial, for advancing legalization for Democrats to take control of the Senate."

2016 election and marches

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See public opinion polls over time about cannabis.

2016 Global Marijuana March and 420 events. Public opinion wins elections. So get out and march!

Register and vote for cannabis in 2016.
Republicans are busy filing retrograde drug bills across the land. Republicans want to put a conservative drug warrior on the Supreme Court to replace Antonin Scalia, and to reinvigorate their drug war. Supreme Court rejects conservative challenge to Colorado marijuana law from Republican states. 2.

USA Today: 11 states least likely to legalize marijuana. Republican states across the nation.

Marijuana in the South: A State-by-State Guide. Republicans created a THC-free south.

Drug-war mass incarceration

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America&#039;s mass incarceration
See: Drug war causes high U.S. incarceration rate. And: Drug War, mandatory minimum sentencing, handguns. And: US incarceration peaked in 2008. And: Number of marijuana prisoners in the USA. And: List of countries and U.S. states by incarceration rate.
See articles: Cannabis prisoners and Drug war cost charts, infographics..
The majority of people incarcerated in prisons and jails in the USA are in due to drug-related offenses, crimes to get money for drugs, or drug-related parole or probation violations. Wikipedia: Drug-related crime. The number of inmates in the USA has increased almost 5 times over since 1980. The USA has the highest incarceration rate of any nation b c (except for the tiny country of the Seychelles). Compare incarceration rates worldwide. The cost of the U.S. drug war is at least 1.5 trillion dollars. Cannabis is safer! Share link.

Canadian single-payer healthcare and

Portuguese drug decriminalization

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See: Portugal. Cannabis-related links.
Canadian single-payer healthcare, and Portuguese drug decriminalization. On ballot in 2016: ColoradoCare. 2. It would cover all residents and cost less than the current system. One primary payer, and no deductibles and no co-pays. See: Business people for Single-payer Healthcare. Fed up with uncontrollable costs of U.S. healthcare. Save trillions of dollars.
  • Canada has saved trillions of dollars by eliminating the middleman, the health insurance companies.
Canada's single-payer universal healthcare costs less per person than U.S. healthcare. For more countries and charts: 6.7.. And the USA has lower average life expectancy than the OECD average (OECD = developed economies). 8.. Click chart to enlarge:
Average total healthcare spending (public and private) per person for various developed nations

Healthcare cost by nation

Green love

Return to top. The Global Marijuana March is the first Saturday in May. The first Saturday in May is also World Naked Gardening Day. [36]. But, be safe!

Republicans think they can spend an infinite amount of money (many trillions of dollars) on health-insurance-company-based healthcare, and have an infinite number of babies, to feed their appetite for endless ground wars, and for more inmates for more prisons for more drug war.
Population milestones
Green love
As with cannabis legalization Colorado leads the way.. More info. 2.3..
Colorado birth control
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