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I made a post about this video a few weeks ago in my personal blog. It's very offensive. The video basically makes a joke out of vivisection and uses racist stereotypes about drug use to do it.

 

The following are some of the ways stereotypes like those attributed to the "crack spider" fuel the racist and unequal punishment of people of color:

  • * Although crack and cocaine are virtually the same thing, Congress has assigned far harsher penalties to crimes involving crack, a drug primarily associated with people of color. In 1988, Congress passed a law that created a 100:1 quantity ratio between the amount of crack and powder cocaine needed to produce certain mandatory minimum sentences for trafficking and created mandatory minimum penalties for simple possession. In order to receive a five-year sentence for possession with intent to distribute for powder cocaine, a person must possess 500 grams or more. To receive a five-year sentence with crack cocaine, a person need only have 5 grams in their possession.
    * Crack is the only drug with a mandatory prison sentence for a first offense simple possession. The maximum sentence someone can receive for simple possession of powder cocaine is one year.
    * Stereotypes regarding who uses crack cocaine and who uses powder cocaine make mandatory minimums racist. Not only are crack and powder cocaine simply different forms of the same drug, but crack is primarily thought of as a drug used in Black, urban areas. Powder cocaine, on the other hand, is far more expensive than crack and is associated with wealthy White users.
    * Even though the majority of crack users are White, most people imprisoned because of crack offenses are Black. Roughly two-thirds of crack cocaine users are White or Hispanic, but 84.5% of defendants convicted of crack possession in 1994 were Black, while 10.3% were White and 5.2% were Hispanic. The majority of persons charged with crack trafficking offenses in the federal system have also been African American (88.3%).
    * Because of this, a disproportionate number of Blacks are in jail. In 1998-1999, Black Americans consisted of only 15% of all U.S. drug users, yet they were 36.8% of those arrested for drug violations. In 2000, Blacks were 53% of those convicted by state courts for drug offenses.

From the Political Research Associates fact sheet on "How the Criminal Justice System is Racist," see: Defending Justice: An Activist Resource Kit

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I made a post about this video a few weeks ago in my personal blog. It's very offensive. The video basically makes a joke out of vivisection and uses racist stereotypes about drug use to do it.

 

The following are some of the ways stereotypes like those attributed to the "crack spider" fuel the racist and unequal punishment of people of color:

  • * Although crack and cocaine are virtually the same thing, Congress has assigned far harsher penalties to crimes involving crack, a drug primarily associated with people of color. In 1988, Congress passed a law that created a 100:1 quantity ratio between the amount of crack and powder cocaine needed to produce certain mandatory minimum sentences for trafficking and created mandatory minimum penalties for simple possession. In order to receive a five-year sentence for possession with intent to distribute for powder cocaine, a person must possess 500 grams or more. To receive a five-year sentence with crack cocaine, a person need only have 5 grams in their possession.
    * Crack is the only drug with a mandatory prison sentence for a first offense simple possession. The maximum sentence someone can receive for simple possession of powder cocaine is one year.
    * Stereotypes regarding who uses crack cocaine and who uses powder cocaine make mandatory minimums racist. Not only are crack and powder cocaine simply different forms of the same drug, but crack is primarily thought of as a drug used in Black, urban areas. Powder cocaine, on the other hand, is far more expensive than crack and is associated with wealthy White users.
    * Even though the majority of crack users are White, most people imprisoned because of crack offenses are Black. Roughly two-thirds of crack cocaine users are White or Hispanic, but 84.5% of defendants convicted of crack possession in 1994 were Black, while 10.3% were White and 5.2% were Hispanic. The majority of persons charged with crack trafficking offenses in the federal system have also been African American (88.3%).
    * Because of this, a disproportionate number of Blacks are in jail. In 1998-1999, Black Americans consisted of only 15% of all U.S. drug users, yet they were 36.8% of those arrested for drug violations. In 2000, Blacks were 53% of those convicted by state courts for drug offenses.

From the Political Research Associates fact sheet on "How the Criminal Justice System is Racist," see: Defending Justice: An Activist Resource Kit

 

I do agree with you though that our justice system is royally [email protected]$%#D up though!! We are all one and there is no room for discrimination. I heard once that it costs over 30K a year to keep someone in prison! 30,000K a year could buy a personal assistant to help them perform better in life.

 

It was still a funny clip but I see your point of view and it makes sense.

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