The War on Drugs by the Numbers

On the 40th Anniversary of the War on Drugs, Colorlines offers these telling pictographs on how the War on Drugs disproportionately targets people of color and the working class in general.   As “The New Jim Crow” author Michelle Alexander recently told a crowd of 1,000 at Harlem’s Riverside Church, “The enemy in this war has been racially defined. The drug war, not by accident, has been waged almost exclusively in poor communities of color.”

Since Richard Nixon declared the War on Drugs, the prison population in this country has skyrocketed, tearing families apart, stripping people of their lives and waging low-intensity war on our communities.