Black Lives: Addiction – Insiders Speak Out About the Murky Drug Trading World in the US

Black Lives: Addiction – Insiders Speak Out About the Murky Drug Trading World in the US

RT (2019)

Film Review

This episode consists of interviews with an ex-cop, a former gang leader and various drug dealers and ex-drug dealers. It also features a debate between a Black pastor and a drug dealer whether whether the latter can earn as much money doing a “legal” hustle. The dealer, who deals drugs mainly to pay child support, highlights his genuine lack of legal options. As Michelle Alexander documents so vividly in The New Jim Crow, his criminal record disqualifies him for student aid, public housing and most employment.

In my view, the main weakness of this episode is its failure to examine the CIA role in international drug trafficking or their role (first exposed by late investigative journalist Gary Webb and subsequently admitted by the CIA Inspector General) in supplying crack cocaine to California gangs. See

CIA’s Drug Trade Essential to Geopolitics

The CIA and the Drug Trade

CIA Drug Trafficking on Prime Time TV

 

10 thoughts on “Black Lives: Addiction – Insiders Speak Out About the Murky Drug Trading World in the US

  1. Stuart,
    Where does it end? The link between drugs and government controls goes back possibly as far as history does, and now with the “opioid epidemic” it has come around again. It almost makes me think that drugs and government are synonymous. No wonder I came to believe that being a psychiatrist is like being a drug pusher for the state.

    It has gotten even worse since I retired. “Psychiatric News” is full of sob stories about how medication-assisted treatment is “underutilized” and moans about how we need more funding for “treatment” and better access to MAT. As if they have a clue. They don’t even mention the mainstays like Alcoholics Anonymous and its spin-off, Narcotics Anonymous, which don’t count because they are free and rely on abstinence, and because they work.

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