The American Drug War – a Conflict Theory Perspective Essay

2673 Words Nov 3rd, 2005 11 Pages
In the mid to late 20th Century, the United States has experienced several states of Cultural Revolution. The Civil Rights Movement, the Women's Movement, the anti-War Movement during the Vietnam era, and the increasing presence of a widespread, politically active and highly vocalized youth counterculture led the United States government to feel that maybe, they were losing control of their population. The white, upper class men, who for centuries had dominated the political realm, began to feel their grip on power falter. By targeting drug use, the government would be free to "deal" with minorities especially African Americans, Hispanics, the free-love generation, and left-wing "radicals," all while claiming that they were protecting …show more content…
Basically, keep the people in power in power, and push everyone not in power as far down as possible, until total dependency (and submission) to those in power is inevitable. Laws against drug users are designed specifically to limit their opportunities in society. First (and probably most unjust) is the fact that these generally nonviolent drug felons are prohibited from voting in elections, even after they are released from prison. At this point, they have been robbed by one of the main rights and responsibilities of democracy – the ability to participate in one's own government. Since the overwhelming majority of drug charges are levied against racial and cultural minorities through profiling, a disproportionately large number of African Americans, Hispanics, and lower class whites are convicted of drug charges, resulting in their detachment from a society into which they are supposed to be re-integrated. This political

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