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Rev. Jesse Jackson on Drugs

Civil Rights Activist


Advocates for war on drugs

Long before national health care, a war on drugs, dialogue with the Soviet Union and negotiations with the Middle East were popular positions, Reverend Jackson advocated them. By virtue of Reverend Jacksonís advocacy, South African apartheid and the fight for democracy in Haiti came to the forefront of the national conscience.
Source: Rainbow Push web site, www.rainbowpush.org/founder/ , Dec 25, 2000

Crack vs. powder is black vs. white

If you are caught with five grams of crack cocaine-thatís a five-dollar high-a first-time non violent offense, with no previous arrest record, you will be given a mandatory five year sentence in federal prison.

91% of those caught with a five-dollar high are young black males. By comparison, to get five years for marijuana possession, you have to have $42,000 worth. For powder cocaine, for five years, you have to have $3,000 worth. For crack, you have to have $29 worth to get five years.

Source: United We Stand America Conference, p.133 , Aug 12, 1995

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