NetFlix Description: This documentary shines a harsh light on America's
"war on drvqs" and its long-term impact on society. Filmmaker Eugene
Jarecki captures the stories of dealers, police officers, prison inmates
and others affected by the crusade.
There is much more I could say but in the interest of keeping it short...
* Important issue, no doubt.
* Decent doc. Some complaints but mostly a good film.
* Comparing to the Holocaust is ridiculous and gratuitous.
* Many think these laws/policies are racist. With individual exceptions, I think not.
* I think mostly it's economic and unintentional.
* The film presents this economic view through examples and one person's directly saying it; it presents the racist view more.
* A racist law is not the same as a prejudiced law.
* I think the WoD was mostly good intentioned but very misguided -- the paradigm of locking people up does not solve the problems.
* I think the WoD is also because politicians can sell "tough on crime" but not "here to help" (or some other slogan for prevention/treatment)
Gary's Ideal world solutions (but probably not politically viable)
* Make ALL drugs either legal or nearly legal (i.e.: legal in all but quantities a mid-level or higher daelr would have.)
* Huge support for anyone struggling economically (whether from dvrqs or not). Education, life coaching, job search help, counseling, etc.
* And the #1 thing: Tons more money and Tons more research into whatever works for EDUCATION (Children & Adults). Teach the Children Well. Give them Hope & Opportunities. Show them roll models.
I'd rather put $10 into education than $1 into finding and locking someone away. It's not only the right thing to do from the immediate moral perspective, but it pays back dividends to the society that helped them in terms of taxes, contributions to the world, less crime, etc.
PS: I know some will argue the racism. I'm not going to debate that at all here; I don't care to change your minds or even try. But don't think for a moment that I don't see why you think it's racist. I do see why you think is, and I still think you are wrong.
PPS: Going to do an "Education: What Works What Doesn't" thread soon.