Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy

I doubt anyone needs to be reminded that crack is a very bad, no good idea. However, you might appreciate a documentary that explores the ways in which the American government used a drug to exploit and manipulate a population.

Though the government itself was responsible for importing this insidious substance, it had no problem with the hypocrisy involved in blaming the victim and criminalizing a disease. Addicts were shown no mercy. In fact, these were, not coincidentally, the days of mandatory minimums, where (Black) people were being thrown in jail for decades over piddling amounts of drugs. Racial bias you say? Absofuckinglutely.

This documentary probably tries to cover too much ground and talk to too many people, not all of whom agree on all of the facts, so there are inconsistencies that might niggle at you, but that’s life. This is a complex issue and we’re still trying to follow all the threads. The constant, though, is the destruction it brought down upon a community that is still reeling and trying to recuperate.

Is Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy a perfect documentary? It is not. Perhaps a narrower focus might have improved the view. Still, it’s a worthy effort and an important subject, especially with the benefit of hindsight that allows us to take a look in the rearview and really appreciate how much it altered a culture and left an indelible stain on a country that would rather sweep these contradictions under the nearest supermax prison.

7 thoughts on “Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy

  1. mildredprincewelch

    Cocaine and its cousin, crack cocaine and heroin was put in the ghetto by the government to be counter productive to blacks making positive progress to rise out of the ghetto that wealthy whites created, and all the establishments in the ghetto belonged to whites and Jews, and the Itanians (Mifia) put their drugs in the ghetto, and the government only implimented a war on drugs when rich white kids strated using those drugs!

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  2. Invisibly Me

    It’s such a huge topic to explore so I can see how difficult it would be to restrain yourself and narrow the focus. Sounds like an interesting one though, especially when it’s covering the ‘conspiracy’ side of things and the other angle that rarely gets seen in drug-related documentaries or in the news.

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  3. Birgit

    I am not surprised that the government had their greedy hands in it and exploited it. It sounds interesting but maybe a miniseries about this would have been better.

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  4. BuriedOnMars

    Yep, black communities are ravaged by a crack epidemic: Throw everyone in jail!
    White people get addicted to opium 20 years later: It’s a crisis! The government needs to step in!

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  5. Liz A.

    And that’s not even the first time. Go back into the history of alcohol and drugs and regulation, and you’ll find laws prohibiting things to Black people or only allowing Black people to have them, depending. It’s just one more aspect of the racial politics.

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