in the Black community. And racism, whether it is in the form of demonizing alleged Black crack users of the 80s or humanizing white heroin users of the 21st century, plays a critical role in justifying the state response to manufactured drug crises. Furthermore, Afghanistan's opium industry emerged directly after the US occupation in 2001 and has surged ever since. The same causes of the Vietnam War that King cites also form the foundation of the heroin crisis in Boston and locales across the. In a similar vein to the current relationship between the US occupation and the growth of opium poppy in Afghanistan, State Department funds were given to terrorist Contras waging war on behalf of Washington against the Sandinista socialist government of Nicaragua. Watch first week IN Mondays @ 9pm on Discovery Visit. Afghanistan currently supplies 90 percent of the planet's opium. These funds were used by the Contras to build financial relationships with drug traffickers, who then funneled cocaine to individuals such. In the 1980s, journalist Gary Webb of the Los Angeles Times blew the whistle on the CIA's involvement in the transport and distribution of powder cocaine from Central America to drug kingpins in majority Black neighborhoods in California.
The present "heroin epidemic" is driven by same conditions of capitalist displacement, but not the same fear. Coincidentally, heroin overdoses nation-wide as I Lay Dying by William Faulkner have increased dramatically around the same time that the growth of opium poppy has exploded in Afghanistan. The cocaine was subsequently distributed to the Black community in "crack" form. But this "epidemic" is by no means a random occurrence. Exploitation and growing poverty has laid the economic basis for addiction.
It would fundamentally challenge the corporate order by eroding the "common sense" notion that being white means, at the very least, the guarantee of a humane existence in US society. Drugs play a critical role in the overall racist and capitalist order of US society. The secure, union jobs and wages that existed in the first half of the post-World War II era no longer exist. The US military has waged a fifteen-year long occupation of Afghanistan. US firms made up for losses by deindustrializing US cities heavily concentrated with Black residents.