June 28, 2007

What Drug War?

Watched a bit of the Democratic debate tonight. The candidates were all asked about race and racial issues, and only Mike Gravel mentioned the War on Drugs and the devastating effect it's had on inner-city African-American communities. By my count, he brought it up at least three times, and none of the other candidates ever backed him up, or even mentioned the subject. (Kucinich has talked about it elsewhere, I think.)

On the bright side, it seems like it's now pretty uncontroversial for a mainstream presidential candidate to say that the penalties for crack and powder cocaine should be equal. I guess that counts as progress.
-- Brad Plumer 10:34 PM || ||