7. Dark Alliances and the War on Drugs
In Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion it was revealed that the United States government began the War on Drugs after intentionally trafficking crack cocaine into predominantly Black neighborhoods.
In order to help raise funds for efforts against the Nicaraguan Sandinista Government, the CIA allowed top members of Nicaraguan Contra Rebel organization to sell narcotics in Black communities. As a result, the United States was able to take a moral stance against the Black community, support the overthrow of a foreign sovereign state, and fuel the rising prison industrial complex. In the process, the Black community became a warzone.
Since 1971, the war on drugs has cost the United States an estimated $1 trillion. Ironically, these funds came directly from the same Black taxpayers that are the targets of that war. And according to Forbes, more than 25.4 million Americans have been arrested on drug charges since 1980; about one-third of them were Black.
Remember that the systematic discrimination, in particular based on race or gender described above is considered a gross violation of human rights. By defrauding Black Americans of trillions of dollars of wealth, yet another strong argument for Black reparations can be made.
Since slavery officially ended in 1865, Africans in America have been subjected to gross violations of human rights, including genocide; slavery and slavery-like practices; summary or arbitrary executions; torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; enforced disappearance; arbitrary and prolonged detention; deportation or forcible transfer of population; and systematic discrimination, in particular based on race or gender – all violations that warrant Black reparations.
With the issue of Black reparations finally making its way into the mainstream, we encourage readers to support legitimate organizations such as NCOBRA to finally right centuries of wrongs.
The time for talk has long since passed.