Russell Simmons and Dr Boyce Watkins recently co-authored an open letter against mass incarceration and the War on Drugs. The letter went to the Obama Administration and has helped to raise awareness about the devastating impact that the drug war has had on families, especially African Americans.
Russell Simmons, writing for GlobalGrind.com, recently wrote an open letter to Bill O’Reilly going after his antiquated view on the drug war. The letter is interesting and here it is below:
It’s me! Your friend. Your old punching bag. Russell. Gotta tell you, your comments a few weeks back about a public letter to the President I organized, encouraging him to end the “War on Drugs” were way off base. They were so off base that your guest that night who you thought was just going to agree with your “talking points,” flipped on you and told you that you were wrong as well. And when I saw you this past weekend in Washington, you continued to spew your fear-laden rhetoric, while Geraldo couldn’t figure out whose side to take. Geraldo, you’ve been hanging out with your friends at Fox for too long…you got to get back to reality. Out of our people, you should know this reality, having come from a community that was completely destroyed by the “War on Drugs.” Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but Bill, you got to get your fact straights. It is not acceptable to use skewed and selective information to scare your audience to think that everyone in prison are “terrible people.” I know a lot of people who have gone to jail, and you know a lot of people who probably should have gone to jail, but because of the color of their skin or the zip code they lived in, were spared that punishment. And most of these people are diseased addicts who took some drugs, sold some drugs and went to buy some more drugs to stay high.