I want to know why it was crickets with black media outlets and blacks in general that are not in support of Obama when the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 was passed? Naysayers in the black community have issue with Obama because for some foolish reason they expected him to be just OUR president or he was supposed to go through all of the inner cities, wave his magic wand and fix all the ills of the inner city. Sorry, most of that responsibility is ours. Remember, the ONUS is ON US. But something as BIG as the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 should have had some of you at least tweeting about it. But no, it was crickets. Tavis Smiley who appears to be black medias biggest non-supporter of Obama should have at least whispered about it. But not, it was crickets.
The courts/penal system has always been oppressive in the black community. Especially the issue of fair sentencing when it comes to crack vs. powder cocaine. Crack arrests and convictions and powder cocaine arrests and convictions have historically been proven to be racially unequal. Being caught with 5 grams of crack got you the same felony charge and sentence as one that’s caught with 500 grams of cocaine. According to research by the Human Rights Watch, “Blacks comprise 62.7 percent and whites 36.7 percent of all drug offenders admitted to state prison, although there are five times more white users than black. Moreover, black men are admitted to state prison on drug charges at a rate that is 13.4 times greater than that of white men.” Furthermore, crack cocaine is the ONLY drug that has a federal mandatory minimum for just mere possession. Crack being drug of choice for most black drug offenders, the disparity in sentencing makes sense – you get more black men in prison. Now with the passing of this Act it’s 28 grams of crack to 500 grams of powder cocaine. Still sounds unbalanced but it sure as hell sounds better than what it was. I’m not that naive to think that this is the remedy or the “bees knees” of legislation passing. We need more mentoring, education and rehabilitation to curb these offenses. Plus at the end of the day Obama is still a politician. But the passing of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 is HISTORIC along with his health care reform, Wall Street reform, equal and fair pay and everything else. I don’t understand how anybody can be against your fellow-man and woman getting healthcare or an insurance company no longer being allowed to deny you coverage because of a pre-existing condition. Only a prick would see wrong in that. *shrugs*