I remember when the drug dealers were accepted by some as Robin Hoods, they supported baseball and football teams in the hood, and set up the bar.
I remember ministers testifying as character witnesses for drug dealers.
I remember a certain deacon got wealthy bankrolling the dealers.
I remember more and more dope was bought into the predominate Black communities of the Hill District, Homewood, East Liberty, North Side, Hazelwood, Knoxville, Clairton, Rankin, Braddock, McKeesport, and drugs are still prevalent in those same neighborhoods today in 2014.
I remember every time that I ride through these communities the devastation that drugs had upon an astronomical number of fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, young males and females. Drugs destroyed families, neighborhoods, school systems and entire communities, but I fail to recollect the situation ever being referred to as an epidemic!
Is the term only used when the drug system has become a problem in White communities?
There came a time when the government came up with the phrase WAR ON DRUGS and they have made an unbelievable number of arrests. The overwhelming arrests are low-level Blacks, and the majority are marijuana busts, but the problem still exists. There was a time frame that drugs could have been eradicated by law enforcement, but those in control lacked the will and commitment, because they saw it as just as the monkeys’ problem.
Drugs now have become a broad social problem with tentacles extending to almost every neighborhood. The law is still two-faced and unfair. Allow me to provide you with an example, open drug trafficking still exists in Black neighborhoods, you can see White people everyday coming into the hood seeking drugs because they are not available in open market settings where they live. Their police do not allow it.
To put the drug dealers out of business is difficult, but the basic answer is to kill the desire for the need of something synthetic to make you feel good about yourself.
We as a people or a nation did not get into this crucial and critical situation over night and we can’t get out of it overnight, but we must.
(Louis “Hop” Kendrick is a weekly contributor to the Forum Page.)