Hide Your Flat Screens, Crack Is Making a Comeback
While President Barack Obama was still cutting his teeth behind the protected walls of academia, the crack epidemic was busy wreaking havoc in all of the major American cities. Amongst blacks and Latinos, there was a surge in the addiction rates. The results were felt by all. "Crack" babies, thefts, increased violent crime, and shattered families were just some effects of the fallout. It hit New York very hard. Although I was a youngster at the time, the images of crackheads and stories of neighbors stealing televisions from the elderly to exchange for crack still haunt me.
Emaciated brown corpses with rotting teeth and wild hair walked through bus and train stations glaring at passengers through glossy red eyes, while the most timid hid their watches and tucked in their gold chains. The drug seemed to wash away any inkling of dignity and the addicts felt no remorse when pummeling elderly domestic workers to the ground to take the $50 they may have earned from a day's work scrubbing floors. I am sure President Obama missed out on these particular realities of African-American life and as a result feels more compassion for the drug dealers than the people they destroy.
The Obama administration is seeking to reduce the disparity between prison sentences for felons convicted of dealing crack versus powdered cocaine. Why? Because critics view that particular aspect of the 1986 Anti-Drug Abuse Act as racist. Is it really racist? Or is it protecting the hardworking people who happen to be stuck in these communities from the criminals who terrorize them? Reducing these prison sentences for dealers is not only misguided; it's dangerous in these current economic times. I am sure we will see a resurgence in the Mercedes-driving, 15-year-old hustlers of the past. It makes me wonder where these so called "black leaders" and ACLU lawyers are when 4-year-olds are on street corners asking passersby, "Are you straight? Are you straight?" I'll tell you where they are: sitting in posh suburban homes in Garden City.