If you know me, you know I’m all about documentaries. So when I saw the title for this one on my Amazon Prime, the hustler inside of me had to see. Although the beginning is all about making selling drugs look cool and how not to get caught by the police or killed while doing it, towards the middle it gets into the propaganda behind the war on drugs.
It went from America’s 1st drug czar, Harry J. Anslinger saying smoking week is mainly done by minorities and leads white women to sleeping with black men (God forbid) and the satanic music of the negroes to the infamous Regan era war on drugs, full of D.A.R.E. campaigns and the scrambled eggs “this is your brain on drugs” commercials we used to laugh about.
Then it got deep, going on to say that most people living in inner cities don’t have a choice of whether or not to get into the game , especially when they have mouths to feed, which I can totally understand and have witnessed first hand. If you’re living in the ghetto where nobody’s trying to hire you and you don’t have any other viable sources of income, you have 2 choices: be broke, starving, and miserable or get out there and get it.
Sure, there’s the argument that selling drugs destroys the black community, but people do have free will on whether or not they’ll smoke crack and run the risk of getting addicted. That’s like trying to condemn a burger flipper at McDonald’s for causing somebody to become morbidly obese. Plus drugs weren’t even illegal until the past 100 years or so. And I’m saying this as someone that has had people very close to me become addicted to drugs.
I’m not saying selling drugs will send you to hell but I’m also not saying it’s the most productive thing to do. I’m not one to knock anybody’s hustle. So, just be sure to be careful and have some money set aside for those inevitable bail and lawyer fees.