When we think of prohibition times, we think of the ‘speakeasy’ and other such illicit drinking establishments which came about through sales of alcohol being, well, prohibited. This is what we call ‘Prohibition Times’, a fond memory generally due to how far we perceive our society to have progressed since then. This makes it all the more strange that there has been a boom as of late concerning people of power discussing a return to prohibition for cannabis, especially when you consider the progress that has been made with marijuana reform over the past few years. Feel the bile in your stomach rise as you watch Kansas rep Steve Alford discuss the reasons why prohibition is the right way to go, making disgusting racist argument in favour of it.
At an event over the weekend, Kansas State Representative Steve Alfond (R) defended the continuation of marijuana prohibition by reverting to the kind of overtly racist rhetoric originally deployed by Henry Anslinger when this failed policy was first implemented.
It is important to remember: Marijuana prohibition perpetuates institutional racism and is itself being perpetuated by racists.
“What you really need to do is go back in the ’30s, when they outlawed all types of drugs in Kansas (and) across the United States,” Kansas Rep. Steve Alford said. “What was the reason why they did that? One of the reasons why, I hate to say it, was that the African Americans, they were basically users and they basically responded the worst off to those drugs just because of their character makeup, their genetics and that.”
Watch the video below:
Original post from NORML