The War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration in the 1980s
The War on Drugs began as a politically honest movement to help decrease the amount of opiate distribution amonst the United States. This included strickter border laws between the United States and Mexico, higher police involvement in urban areas, as well as longer prison sentences for those convicted of posession or distribution. However, rhetoric used in enforcing this new agenda specifically targeted those in poorer communites, or those of a higher African American demographic. This led to a racial bias among law enforcement and a large influx of inmates in the United States prison system. Minority groups are being used as a scape-goat simply because of the color of their skin, and movements such as Black Lives Matter have begun to fight back against this twisted political agenda.