To what extent did the ‘War on Drugs’ during Richard Nixon to Ronald Reagan’s
presidency did the media usage overshadow its unethical policies towards the US?
The ‘War on Drugs’ is an American term, applying the prohibition of drugs, military aid,
and military intervention. That had been started by Nixon in 1971 and doubled aggressively by
Ronald Reagan in the United States. The ‘War on Drugs’ was made for to help the United States
become a holy ground. A nation with no problems, they thought removing drugs was the only
cause for violence so they sought to remove it. But little did they know. The War on Drugs is a
huge dilemma, hiding between the cracks of US government, an evil, itself meant to eliminate
the huge problem by putting ‘innocents’ into prison when taking such little substance, where an
environment such as prison cannot or will not fix these issues. But how can we be so blind and
continue follow these footsteps and support it. Well ever since President Richard Nixon first
declared the drug epidemic, there was always an allie that the the government depended on, and
it is the media. The media has overshadowed the US Government’s tactics and labeled them as a
success, in order for us to follow into their footsteps willingly. And unfortunately it has worked.
The war on drugs use of media overshadowed the true harm on what it was doing towards the
community of the United States and its impact its social, economic and political reforms.
Point of Analysis #1
Political and media
The ‘War on Drugs’ use of media towards the economy was crucial as
federal money was used to support such chaotic tactics to remove harmful
chemical towards the US. And its true way towards fixing our country
with its political use.
The prison population has been doubling since 1970. The US prison
population then was just above 327,000. As of now the population is over
2 million. Keep in mind this documentary was made in 2016, the
population of prison might be increasing as of now. Ever since the
abolishment of slavery in 1865, the south’s economy was diminished since
it depended on slavery for its economy. Leaving a gap in the US economy,
questioning on how to rebuild and put freed Black people back to work in
the most efficient, yet still “legal,” way possible: prison labor. Source;
13th documentary (2016). Directed by Ava DuVernay
Nixon’s administration began to target African Americans on
criminalising them. Rather than helping an African American with a drug
addiction with sources such as treatment and rehabilitation, they were put
into prison without no question.
“Nixon’s advisor John Ehrlichman allegedly admitted that the Nixon
Administration intentionally encouraged the public to associate
African-Americans with heroin in an effort to disrupt Black
13th documentary directed by Ava DuVernay. (2016).
This source sheds the light on the corruption of the black
community and the continuation of slavery through
criminalization. That the ‘War on Drugs’ has been
“damaging criminalization cycle laive in Black
communities for decades”
Point of Analysis #2
The ‘War on Drugs’ is used as a primary to for enforcing tradition, as
well as new, modes of discrimination and repression of black
communities. The distributing of drugs through urban communities were
made to demolish black communities. The role of the Ronald Reagan in
the ‘War on Drugs’.
Ronald Reagan’s administration began to use the ‘War on Drugs’, as
response of crack cocaine crisis in black ghettos. During the mid-1980s, as
the use of cocaine increased and became an issue in these neighborhoods,
the federal drug authorities portrayed the black community as a scare
tactic to generate support for the ‘War on Drugs’. The government’s
successful media campaign made possible an expansion of law
enforcement activities in America’s urban neighborhoods.
In fact, in 1998 the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) acknowledged that
during the 1980s the Contra faction covertly supported by the US in
Nicaragua had been involved in smuggling cocaine into the US and
distributing it in US cities.
Source: The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander (2010)
The book discusses on issues in African-Americans males
and mass incarceration in the United States.