A group of current and former African American government employees, Blacks In Government (BIG), have issued a statement calling for the end to the racially biased “War On Drugs.”
They joined forces with LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) for a statement denouncing the war on drugs written by former African American DEA agent, Mather Fogg.
BIG and LEAP have noted that African Americans constitute 53.5 percent of all persons who entered prison because of a drug conviction despite the fact that Blacks are no more likely than whites to use drugs.
In passing the anti-drug-war resolution, BIG joins other African-American groups that have taken similar positions such as the NAACP, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and the National Black Police Association.
“The war on drugs has put blacks behind bars for drug offenses at more than ten times the rate of whites, even though the evidence consistently shows that blacks are no more likely to use or sell currently illicit drugs than whites are,” Fogg added. “It is time to end this virtual race war.”