Bill Cosby was subjected to four days of questioning under oath in Philadelphia ten years ago as part of a deposition in a lawsuit brought against him by Andrea Co nstand who accused him of drugging and molesting her. The deposition was previously sealed as part of the settlement in the case but lawyers for … Read more
Joseph C. Phillips, who played Lisa Bonet’s character’s husband and Raven Simone’s character’s father, Lt. Martin Kendall, has spoken up to say that he “had to look with sober eyes at what was going on” and now believes the Cosby rape allegations. Of course it took an actor friend of his to pour her heart … Read more
Before Bill Cosby’s once illustrious career melts away like a pudding pop left out on a hot summer day, and before you go blaming comedian Hannibal Buress for stirring all of this mess up and causing the meltdown, just remember these five things: 1 – Cosby objects to poor black people Remember when Bill … Read more
A study found that Black and Asian teens have the lowest rate of drug use, so why are black teens arrested for drugs nearly three times more than whites? Could it be that black teens are portrayed as drug-addled hoodlums in the media?
Here is an article Good published on the matter:
A study published today in the Archives of General Psychiatrysays that black and Asian teens are less likely to use drugs and alcohol than white people their age. In a survey of more than 72,000 young people conducted by Dan Blazer, a psychiatry professor at Duke Medical Center, 39 percent of white teens and 37 percent of Latinos reported having abused substances in the past year, compared to 32 percent of blacks and 24 percent of Asians. When it came to drugs alone, 20 percent of whites, 19 percent of blacks, and 12 percent of Asians reported using.
Blazer called the relatively low rate of substance abuse among black juveniles “surprising”: “The public perception is that that’s not the case,” he said. Also surprised should be American police, who continue to arrest black kids for drug use at far greater rates than whites. Consider this chart from the federal Office of Juvenile Justice:
In the 1990s, the juvenile black drug arrest rate was nearly three times that of whites, and in 2008 it remained almost double. The fact is that cops bust blacks kids markedly more for a crime they commit slightly less often. This is especially unfair because petty drug offenses are how thousands of black kids per year end up in the U.S. justice system. Their criminal records then haunt many of them for the rest of their lives, ruining their employment and educational opportunities and all but forcing them to turn to more crime to stay afloat.
We’ve argued before that America’s nonsensical drug laws leave a lot to be desired when compared with those of other Western nations. But when police don’t enforce those laws evenhandedly, they go from being just nonsense to racist as well.