In light of the recent events in Charlotsville, New York Times columnist and writer, Charles Blow makes a valid point: Donald Trump gives “articulation” to the American White Nationalists’ most virulent racist hatred, but it could be “too simplistic, too convenient, to castigate only Trump for elevating these vile racists.”
Blow argues that the blame for Charlotsville lies at the doorsteps of the Republican party that has for decades, perhaps since the passage of the civil rights act of 1964, danced the “devil’s dance” with the racially intolerant groups of the country by “providing quiet sufferance” to them.
He cites the instance of policies that were crafted during Richard Nixon’s regime; the poison of racism, claims Blow, was baked into the policies. One such “policy” jumped out at me: the war against drugs. In hindsight, the anti-drug “war” was a covert policy launched to disrupt the fabric of African American community.
Nixon started the “war” in 1971. Writes Blow that the war was a poisonous policy: “The policies are the poison.”
A confession by John Ehrlichman in an interview to Harper’s Bazaar, Nixon’s domestic-policy adviser and a Watergate co-conspirator, reinforces the administering of such poison by the GOP:
The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or blacks, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.