Watch Jay Z Call The War On Drugs "An Epic Fail"
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:31:07
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In a new op-ed piece for The New York Times, Jay Z calls the War on Drugs "an epic fail". The short film now available for viewing is narrated by Hova and features artwork from Molly Crabapple. "The clip tracks the short but devastating history of the War on Drugs since it was significantly ramped up in the Eighties under Ronald Reagan," reports Rolling Stone.
Jay explains, "Young men like me who hustled became the sole villain and drug addicts lacked moral fortitude. In the 1990s, incarceration rates in the U.S. blew up. Today, we imprison more people than any other country in the world: China, Russia, Iran, Cuba — all countries we consider autocratic and oppressive."
Pitchfork reports, "Jay, who wrote the script, laments Reagan's renewed focus on the so-called war on drugs, as well as the conservative social policy that ran alongside it. Of the country's mid-80s ideology, Jay says, "Drugs were bad, fried your brain, and drug dealers were monsters, the sole reason neighborhoods and major cities were failing. No one wanted to talk about Reaganomics and the ending of social safety nets." He goes on to detail how U.S. drug policy goes hand-in-hand with racial discrimination. He notes a positive shift toward treatment of drug addiction as a health issue, before concluding, "The war on drugs is an epic fail.""
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