Report: Blacks Arrested Four Times As Often As Whites For Marijuana

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And then he went on to become president of the United States
ACLU Report Reveals SF As California's Most Racist County For Pot Busts

There's a black man in the Oval Office and there's marijuana smoke on every other corner in San Francisco. But don't worry: racism is alive and well, as is the drug war -- and San Francisco is the state's most-racist incarcerator for weed, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

In San Francisco, African Americans are over four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana crimes than Caucasians, according to a new report from the ACLU released Monday.

That's double the nationwide average -- 2.2 African- Americans are arrested for pot crimes for every white person that's arrested -- and is the highest racial disparity of any county in California.

Second place? Marin.


Do take time to peruse the entire report, "The War on Marijuana in Black and White: Billions of Dollars Wasted on Racially Biased Arrests." The ACLU went through arrests rates in each 50 states, county-by-county, and found:

  • Marijuana arrests are increasing steadily since 2001;

  • Marijuana arrests account for 46 percent of all drug arrests;

  • Nationwide, an African-American person is 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for weed despite white people using marijuana at a similar rate.

"In over 96% of counties with more than 30,000 population in which at least 2% of the residents are Black, Blacks are arrested at higher rates than whites for marijuana possession," the report found.

In California, five counties had racially disparate arrest figures above that national average: San Francisco, Marin, Lake, Sacramento and Kern counties, according to the report. And San Francisco and Marin have the most racially disparate numbers, with 192 African-Americans arrested for weed for every 44 Caucasians in San Francisco, and 507 African-Americans arrested for every 123 Caucasians in Marin.

The numbers in San Francisco are staggering -- and all the more so when you consider that there aren't very many African-Americans left in San Francisco.

African-Americans constitute about 6.3 percent of the population in San Francisco, according to Census figures. Caucasians make up about 42 percent of San Francisco. So there are five times as many Caucasians than African-Americans in San Francisco -- yet there are four times as many black people arrested for weed than white people.

At least the cops no longer use those fire hoses and dogs on African-Americans.

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Nikki Brown
Nikki Brown

... not exactly a Nation hit : “As the nation grows weary of decades of ineffective ‘poverty programs,’ the imaginative ideas and proven successes of Robert Woodson’s Center for Neighborhood Enterprise are a welcome relief...'" http://www.uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=15784 ^^^^ Robert L. Woodson, Sr. >>>>

Nikki Brown
Nikki Brown

"When the Obama administration announced it will waive the work requirement in welfare reform, it wasn't just a bad idea that will roll back one of the most celebrated reforms of the last 25 years. The move over the summer to allow waivers of the work requirement-- the work in "workfare" -- also showed disregard for the leaders of some of the nation's poorest communities. These leaders had cried out against the corrosive effects of the old welfare system on neighborhoods, families and the spirit of individual responsibility. Their testimonies to the destructiveness of government dependence played an important part in shaping welfare reform. In 1995, they formed a task force charged by House Speaker Newt Gingrich with informing the legislative effort to reform the old welfare system. Known as the Grassroots Alternatives to Public Policy initiative, the reform-minded community leaders called for tough time limits and work requirements on welfare benefits. These became central principles in the law Congress enacted in 1996. As a resultof that historic reform, welfare rolls dropped by half, and poverty among black children fell to its lowest level on record in America as families moved to independence from the welfare state." http://www.heritage.org/research/commentary/2012/09/look-to-grassroots-ideas-for-welfare-reform

Nikki Brown
Nikki Brown

"Who can it be now?" "Wait, don't tell me" (free) ... not Hussein Obama and fellow black man Eric Holder. What are they doing to the Nation? " providing lame excuses for the federal government's aggressive undermining of state medical marijuana laws. Most disappointing is his failure to say a word as president about the fact that half of all drug arrests each year are for nothing more than possessing a small amount of marijuana, which is something Barack Obama did lots of in his younger days, or to offer any critical comments about the stunning racial disproportionality in marijuana arrests around the country. Roughly twice as many people arearrested for marijuana possession now as were arrested in the early 1980s, even though the number of people consuming marijuana is no greater now than then. If police had been as keen on making marijuana arrests back then, it's quite possible that a young man named Barry Obama would have landed up with a criminalrecord -- and even more likely that he would not have his current job.With 50 percent of Americans -- and 57 percent of Democrats -- now in favor of legalizing marijuana use, according to Gallup's most recent poll, President Obama needs to come clean once again about marijuana -- but this time he needs to speak not of his own youthful use but rather of the harmful consequences of today's punitive marijuana policies for young Americans today." http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/1546921

Nikki Brown
Nikki Brown

I'm white with blond hair ... I was pulled over for doing 56 in a 55 because of, what the rookie cop admitted to me, the Grateful Dead stickers on my car and "the rash of gun trafficking" that he claimed was bombarding Kansas at the time. Anyone with a job PAYS for civil servants. A trillion dollar war and the lack of complete forgiveness for life create more unemployed. .... welfare keeps people out of desirable vacation spots. When will people see this in the Hollywood they place so much value in yet leaves a devalued society in its path? http://www.thecurseof1920.com/P7_The_War_on.htm

Raindrops
Raindrops

Thank you for this article. That is all.

Rolando Sanchez
Rolando Sanchez

Im sick and tired of being discriminated and profiled against!

Antonio J. Solano
Antonio J. Solano

LMFAO!!!!!!!! What about the Latinos? The Asians? The islanders? And all the other races? Black and white is getting boring compare something else already

John Lilly
John Lilly

Aren't blacks arrested four times as often as whites for anything? Pretty sure white people get away with hella more shit than brown folks do.

Michael Gray
Michael Gray

Well those drug laws for the ongoing "war on drugs" seem to be working nicely. Thanks Reagan!

Frankie Griffen
Frankie Griffen

Ironic that you used a picture of a black guy who was never arrested for marijuana

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