Dave Davies interviews legal scholar Michelle Alexander, author of the book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Alexander argues that many of the gains of the civil rights movement have been lost to the War on Drugs. African Americans, especially in cities, face a literal war waged in the name of fighting the evils of drugs.
And think about why our government ignores this and refuses to change. And don’t blame Obama, I said think about it. This carries on, since Nixon, in every administration, Republican and Democrat.
This failed war must end.
You may notice I’ve been substantially absent from Indie Poli. I’ve noticed a growing number of followers despite the inactivity of past months and I much appreciate it. I’ve been busy doing this http://thefineprinttheatre.org and this http://chicagohealthonline.com But I miss Indie Poli and thank you for your interest!
44 years ago this week, riots began near 12th Street and Clairmount in a poor, mostly black neighborhood of Detroit. The violence and chaos left scars that are still visible in the embattled city today.
"Six senators who had voted against the bill in 2009 voted for it on Friday night, including three Republicans. Black and Hispanic members of the Senate, whose constituents sometimes have more tepid feelings toward gay rights, voted for the bill by a 13-1 margin-"
— Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight, referrring to the work New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo did in securing votes in favor of NY’s legalization of gay marriage, and rapidly changing attitudes in the country - 58% of New Yorkers support gay marriage today compared to 37% in 2004.
In his new book, The Compass of Pleasure, neuroscientist David Linden maps out the brain’s relationship with pleasure and addiction. From junk food to sex to gambling, Linden explains that addictions are actually rooted in the brain’s inability to feel pleasure.
“Any one of us could be an addict at any time. Addiction is not fundamentally a moral failing — it’s not a disease of weak-willed losers.” — David Linden