War on Drugs

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Nixon advisor: We created the war on drugs to “criminalize” black people and the anti-war left

John Ehrlichman, Nixon’s former domestic policy advisor said: "We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did."