|Nixon's war on drugs was a way to stop Blacks and liberal activists.|
Richard Milhous Nixon, the disgraced 37th President of the United States had enemies list. The Black community and liberal activists were on that list.
It's no secret that Nixon plotted with Republicans to make Blacks the villains. He practically made Blacks Lives Miserable. Look at the War on Drugs. The federal government's broad outreach to curb drug related criminal acts were mainly targeted to Blacks and Hispanics.
John Ehrlichman, a former advisor for domestic policy dropped a shocking tale of what went on in the Nixon administration.
Dan Baum who writes for Harper's Magazine wrote that Ehrlichman said some real hater shit back in the 1990s. Baum who was doing research on drug prohibition politics, got an earful.
"You know what this was really all about?" he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. "The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the NIxon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and Black people. You understand what I'm saying? We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, radi their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did!"
|John Ehrlichman plotted with Nixon to take out Black leaders and hippies.|
So when #BlackLivesMatters activists are addressing the deaths of unarmed citizens at the hands of law enforcement, Republicans would vilify the victim and make the case that Blacks are against law enforcement.
So when #BlackLivesMatters activists are addressing the prison industrial complex and how it's destroying Black families, Republicans would vilify the black man, the single mother with children and the safety net. They would say that abortions and single parenting are destroying the Black community. They say that Black men are more prone to violence. They would say that Blacks are taking advantage of the government by not working, screaming racism and not accepting the status quo.
Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush were Republicans who spoke to the Silent Majority. White resentment is at an all time high. The rise of Donald Trump is a perfect example of what Nixon's failed policies brought upon the country.
Trump is tapping into that audience. He's saying things that your White friends may say in private.
It's there and many Americans are seeing it unfold. With the first Black president, we always expected that White resentment could be high.
But after two terms of Barack Obama and the constant attacks upon him and the Black community, we expect Republicans to do all they can to win over White voters at the expense of everyone else.
Let's be clear: The War on Drugs is a failure.
Nixon will always be regarded as one of the worst presidents in modern history. It's a shame that George W. Bush will be regarded a little better than Nixon.