crack cocaine disparity

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Our black political class wants to feed us outrage over the case of Trayvon Martin. But for 3 years the black press, advocacy organizations and the black political class have ignored the Obama administration's attempt to keep as many unjustly sentenced crack defendants in jail under old and unjust laws as long as possible. Why are they ignoring this, and more importantly, why are we?

Freedom Rider: Obama Fights to Keep Black People in Jail

Submitted by Margaret Kimberley on Wed, 07/31/2013 - 00:50

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The Obama administration is fighting a federal court ruling that would free the remainder of the mostly Black prison inmates convicted under now-defunct, viciously racially disparate crack cocaine laws. The First Black President and his Black attorney general are determined to keep “5,000 people in jail who have no reason to be there.”

Just Like Crack in the 80s, the Police State Thrives on Gun Hysteria

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:53

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

African American politicians and activists implored President Obama and others in authority to “do something” about gun violence in inner cities. Be careful what you ask for. The current gun hysteria will serve as an excuse to expand the police state, through a new wave of “mandatory minimum sentences and adoption of New York-type stop-and-frisk policies.”

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