We have always needed foot soldiers and trailblazers to bring racial bias to the forefront of the American conscience. The “War on Marijuana” is no different. According to the ACLU, marijuana use is equally divided among Blacks and Whites, yet Blacks are 3.73 times more likely than Whites to be arrested for marijuana.The National Action Network views this outrage as a civil rights issue.
The data shows that out of the 620,000 arrests within a year, the majority consists of people of color. This will not get any better with an administration who wants to escalate the War on Drugs, to include marijuana use. We know this is ultimately a war on people of color, leading to mass incarceration, ruined lives, and the disintegration of families.
… and mobilize voters to champion the cause of civil rights by changing the complexion of Congress in 2018, and the Presidency in 2020. People of color have been demonized and denigrated long enough. Not to mention, the lack of rehabilitation and support offered these individuals once “criminalization” has affected their lives.
Because of DECODE I am committed to do whatever is necessary to bring justice and civil liberties to all citizens. I challenge my fellow faith leaders to consider the grave moral issue embedded in the unjust treatment of people of color within the legal system.
If we are who we say we are, we cannot allow the continued systematic ruining of people’s lives. Yes, there will be criticism and resistance, but every movement that has ever moved us forward has faced the same criticism and unfairness. Progress can only be made by those that are determined to move forward against all odds. We have no choice. Our families and loved ones have been unfairly tainted by these archaic laws. Now is the time. We are the people. It is up to us to rise to the occasion.
REV AL SHARPTON
DAVID VASSEL | ROG WALKER | STAINER AKAHOHO | MARQUES JOHNSON
MY BRND INC