1970s movie poster for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty
My first time at The Strand.
Journalist Gary Webb unearthed the CIA’s dual imperial role in the “War on Drugs.” In his 1996 investigation, Webb found that cocaine was being smuggled into the US and sold in Los Angeles by Contra terrorists fighting a US proxy war against Nicaragua’s Sandinista movement. The smuggled cocaine was sold in its crack form and intentionally distributed in the Black community to provide justification for rampant policing and imprisonment, including the mandatory 100 to 1 difference between crack powder cocaine prison sentences. Profits from the US sponsored drug trade were funneled back to the Contras to help pay for arms from US coffers. Both on the domestic and international front, Webb’s findings revealed that the US imperial “War on Drugs” was a dual war on the Black community and the oppressed peoples of the world.
Diego Rivera. Pre-Hispanic America. Book Cover for Pablo Neruda’s Canto General. 1950.
Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.
|—||Ursula K. Le Guin (via whatalovelythought)|