crack cocaine disparity

The Massive Discrepancies Between Media Coverage of Mythical Crack Babies and Opiate-Dependent Babies

by Kali Holloway

Three decades ago, hysteria about “crack-babies” helped launch another wave of racial vilification and oppression. Today, most new drug addicts are white, and “we have not witnessed the pervasive vilification or scaremongering of drug-addicted mothers and their babies that we saw during the crack-baby era, which helped drive the anti-black sentiment at the heart of issues from welfare reform to mass incarceration.”

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