The following speech which Obama never gave, is THE answer.
Blacks in America have suffered from 2 different kinds of racism, the first is individual racism something we’ve been battling since slavery. The second is institutional racism, which the government has an obligation to fight, an obligation I intend to further with the following changes to law in this country.
The first change is to legalize marijuana sales and growing in the entire country ACCOMPANIED by what the voters in Oregon have already done, namely the release of people jailed for pot crimes and a records purge for those marijuana related crimes.
Blacks have been singled out and unfairly persecuted by the current laws and although I do not think this was purposeful, it has, as an unintended consequence; created a war between the police and the black community that needs this core problem erased before things will ever get better.
Cops have to do their job, they must enforce the law, and that makes laws which target any particular racial group unfair and in my opinion, unconstitutional.
We need to change this. We need to stop the horror of families destroyed by these unfair laws, which have split the black community right down the middle.
Imagine being the mother of a black family in Baltimore or Detroit, where one son wears blue and the other is in jail for marijuana possession or sale. Our laws created this situation and only fixing those laws can change it.
I believe there is bi-partisan support for a change like this and as such I am asking Congress to forward me a bill that does these two critical things, legalizes the cultivation and sale of marijuana and then releases marijuana crime prisoners and then also expunges their records.
For the tens of thousands of black (and white people) jailed for this non-crime, this would be a new beginning. But the biggest change will occur in the relationship between the police and the people they serve.
Every traffic stop today is a potential disaster. We can limit that to the traffic stops for crimes other than marijuana, which will single handily break this awful pattern of mistrust, suspicion and hatred between cops that are arresting people for real crimes the community also believes are real crimes – and the huge number of arrests made today for something the majority of the population in this country doesn’t believe is a crime and needs to be legalized.
If Obama had made this speech a few years ago and fought for these changes this entire season of hate we are in — could have been avoided.