Letter: Crisis has real source

Today Americans are experiencing the worst addiction crisis in its history, according to statisticians and forecasters who apparently turned a blind eye to the magnitude of the drug epidemic that plague the inner-city in the late 1960s and ’70s and decimated black ghettos and urban areas.

 

Back then, black heroin users were labeled junkies and addicts and shunned, repudiated and jailed. Now the majority of users are white, and they are labeled victims of opioid epidemic who need treatment and counseling. Black dealers were scum who preyed on the weak and helpless of their own people and called upon to be locked away in keyless jail cells. Today white pharmacists, psychiatrists and doctors infesting suburbia and rural areas on behalf of large pharmaceutical companies are exempt from blame, with immunity.

The manipulation and deception is to blame street dealers and the illicit drug trade for the entire dilemma, when in reality they only exacerbate an existing problem. There is no excusing drug abusers regardless of who’s abusing, but the treatment of blacks and whites is a black-and-white difference when addressing the problem. Carelessness and harshness on blacks; care and concern for whites. Disgusting.

A way out of this very difficult situation is to take a sober look at the root of the problem. There are some prominent white families, corporations and organizations responsible for the origin and proliferation, through legal channels, of many of these deadly and devastating drugs. Most are in the name of better health with philanthropic tendencies, fake smiles and gigantic bank accounts built on big, beautiful cemeteries and crematories. No wall will eradicate supply and demand. Soldiers fighting for profits for the greedy on foreign land must be redirected to repair and replace fields that grow devastation and destruction with food and fundamentals. Only our concerted collective effort will endure.

Tunk Martin

Edgefield, S.C.

 

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