Ron Paul 2012: Why He Deserves Black America’s Vote (international business times opinion piece)Submitted by Ahmos on Tue, 01/03/2012 - 15:41
By 1965, the federal government had largely outlawed the original Jim Crow laws. Starting in the 1970s, however, a new form of the original laws -- the "War on Drugs" -- began to take shape and set into motion. This war, which increasingly criminalized drug offenses and stepped up law enforcement, disproportionately targeted blacks and Hispanics. Racial profiling, in short.
Paul, in own words, said years ago: "Blacks make up 14 percent of those who use drugs, yet 36 percent of those arrested [for drug offenses] are blacks."
"Black and white drug use rates are fairly similar, while Hispanics use drugs much less than whites, but both Blacks and Hispanics are much more likely to be imprisoned on drug charges than non-Hispanic whites," said a study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.