Pubdate: Thu, 01 Mar 2001
Source: The Yuma Daily Sun (AZ)
Copyright: {TEAR} The Yuma Daily Sun
Contact:  Yuma Daily Sun, P.O. Box 271, Yuma, AZ 86366
Fax: (520) 343-1009
Author: Myron Von Hollingsworth


Editor, The Sun:

I read your editorial about U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and his 
misguided plan to expand the drug war. Ashcroft is a clown and he must 
believe we are too. Anyone who knows anything about racial discrimination 
and the drug war, knows that the drug war was founded over 70 years ago on 
racist principles and ideologies.

"DEA-land" criticizes ethnic cleansing around the world from Hitler to 
Milosevic but practices it daily with its drug war. In the October 1999 
edition of "High Times" Jello Biafra says that "DEA-land's" drug war is 
ethnic cleansing American style.

If your readers doubt this, they should ask themselves why white drug users 
outnumber non-white drug users but a majority of those dying or doing time 
for non-violent drug crimes are people of color.

Maybe the corrupt politicians and media are required to adhere to the party 
line of prohibition because law enforcement, customs, the prison and 
military industrial complex, the drug testing industry, the "drug 
treatment" industry, the INS, the CIA, the FBI, the DEA and the politicians 
themselves can't live without the budget justification, not to mention the 
invisible profits from bribery, corruption and forfeiture benefits that 
prohibition affords them.

The drug war also promotes, justifies and perpetuates racist enforcement 
policies and is diminishing many freedoms and liberties that are supposed 
to be inalienable according to the Constitution and Bill of Rights.


Fort Worth
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