The famously foul Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, is preparing his foulest move of all. He wants to shore up his city’s explosive budget shortfall on the backs of black people, calling for the decriminalization of pot possession of 15 grams or less to be subject instead to fines up to $500.
That is, Rahm’s attitude to his gang-governed drug-drenched inferno of young black debris is to howl: “Where’s my cut!” Indeed, the reptilian Rahm and his bagmen, salivating at the revenue projections, upped the minimum fine from $100 to $250 before the proposal went to the full City Council for approval, which it just secured.
From their safe havens on the North Side and across the “lower” black areas into the South Side safe pockets of Hyde Park, the white kingpins of the death-addicted city were jumpin’ Jubal Jew! Taking pot down from a felony to a fine would ease the money laundering of the overall drug trade. Rahm himself talked about transferring investigative resources from possession cases to violent crime.
Pot is not a trade separate from the harder stuff. For every $500 fine there would be a $500,000 markup in the livestock of young black boys abusing younger black boys in the death-march from weed to woebegone to serve wonder white boys from that other Wobegon.
Now the cunning Mayor was quick to say that young offenders under 17 are not eligible for the fines and would still be arrested. All that means is that a few wonder white boys will be arrested only to be promptly released to their privileged parents. Quite a few more black boys will be arrested but not so many as to destabilize the revenue flow to the city’s blood coffers.
Decriminalization would provide cover for the sharp reduction of police and related resources from an already ravaged black community. Mayor Rahm will be able to say that he doesn’t want police presence to exacerbate “innocent” non-commercial possession.
Of course, it is only the white community that will be able to enjoy this brave new indulgence. White parents who are already embedded in diverse resources know that if decriminalization triggers social problems, they have the power and wherewithal to summon almighty and speedy responses and reaction.
You don’t really have to waste your white time arguing whether pot is a gateway drug to harder drug use for instance if you know ahead of time that you have what it will take to deal with the situation if pot does in fact turn out to be such a scourge.
Just as white neighborhoods use zoning and related laws to make sure that their communities are not infested with liquor stores, they will not allow even full legalization of pot to threaten the character of their communities.
So the black community will become more of a playground for white excess. That’s how you get situations like the 1979 police apprehension of Bobby Kennedy’s son David, found passed out in a Harlem heroin hell-hole. (Barely five years later he was dead of an overdose.) Diluting the fear of possession transfers that last bit of stigma from white user to black provider. Ain’t that America.
That is why white suburban johns “commute” to do their deadly dirty deeds in vulnerable black urban neighborhoods. What recourse does a mess of black families have even in terms of confronting one another for allowing white strangers to come to make an even bigger mess of their communities?
It’s an old script. It goes over a generation back to Kurt Lidell Schmoke’s war on the War on drugs, as the first elected black mayor of Baltimore, Maryland in the late ‘80s. Exactly what Schmoke had in mind was never clear. He continually conflated decriminalization with medicalization (treatment) with outright legalization.
Schmoke went up in smoke. He never could answer the simple question: what difference does it make to transfer the profits and power of the drug trade from white drug lords to white governments who are equally distanced from the ugly reality of the impact on black communities?
Mayor Rahm copes with his political glaucoma with his self-prescribed medical marijuana. What a crackpot.
You have to be black to see the singular advantage of retaining criminalization. It gives us the only access we have to the most vulnerable users, I mean addicts who are so socially self-ostracized and psychiatrically compromised, you couldn’t pay them a billion bucks to get them into any kind of rehab!
But then once we get them into prison we need to turn the place into mandatory treatment. They have no choice because they broke the law and we have determined that the punishment appropriate to their crime is medical. Otherwise the ACLU would foam at the mouth about imposing our values on those who choose to live in the margins.
Without the tool of criminalization, the best drug policy programs would just be a revolving door for fewer and fewer who choose to “drop in.”
So I’ll say it again, if the numbers in the white community ever came close to the waste in the ghetto, there would be a national quarantine program to contain the epidemic.
In the interim, yes, whites will enjoy a little grass without interruption. Blacks will be laid out in a grassy knoll conspiracy to destroy what is left of the ghetto wasteland. Who’s kidding whom here?
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