In this New York Times animated short featuring the artwork of Molly Crabapple and narration by Jay-Z, the artists details the war on drugs that has systematically targeted minorities in the United States of America.

“The film takes us from the Nixon administration and the Rockefeller drug laws — the draconian 1973 statutes enacted in New York that exploded the state’s prison population and ushered in a period of similar sentencing schemes for other states — through the extraordinary growth in our nation’s prison population to the emerging aboveground marijuana market of today. We learn how African-Americans can make up around 13 percent of the United States population — yet 31 percent of those arrested for drug law violations, even though they use and sell drugs at the same rate as whites.”

As enlightening as this short may be, there are still many layers to this issue. Let this be the spark the reignites the conversation and push to change the laws and methods that have been in place for decades.

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