Friday, September 16, 2016

Hip Hop Mogul Jay Z releases an Animated History of "The War on Drugs"

Hip-hop star Jay Z recently teamed with artist Molly Crabapple to create a short video for The New York Times, which looks into major problems with America's “War on Drugs.” (You can watch it here.) In the film, Jay Z explains how strict drug laws have led to mass incarceration giving America the world’s largest prison population and how drug laws have disproportionately targeted people of color.Approximately 4 million people above the age of 12 in the United States have used an illegal drug substance since 1970, before the U.S started the war on drugs. Today, the DEA states that over 121 million people above the age of 12 have consumed an illegal drug in the United States. Essentially the U.S went from 2 percent drug users to 46 percent drug users under the War on Drugs.