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Racism and the War on Drugs

Racism's Hidden History in the War on Drugs

Judge Frederic Block | Posted 03.05.2013 | Crime
Judge Frederic Block

In 1909 Congress made opium smoking a federal offense by enacting the Anti-Opium Act. It reinforced Chinese racism by carving out an exception for drinking and injecting tinctures of opiates that were popular among whites.