Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum to all U.S. federal prosecutors to stop seeking leniency for low-level, nonviolent drug offenders and start seeking the toughest penalties possible.
That’s right: the war on drugs is back, except this time not only will black people be targeted in increased numbers, so will poor white people – unfortunately, the same who voted for now-president Donald Trump. True enough, this new memorandum is reflective of what happened to the black community – from President Nixon’s “war on drugs” in the 1970s to the draconian Rockefeller laws – when mass criminalization was at its highest.
We should make no mistake that the purpose of Sessions’ push for non-leniency is to drive the number of black and brown people entering prisons and jails and is also an attempt to undo any progressive drug policy implemented by former Attorney General Eric Holder – and by extension, under the Obama administration.
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