Right-wing pastor and proud homophobe E.W. Jackson said on Tuesday’s edition of his Wisdom Awakening radio program that the legalization of marijuana and other recreational drugs are a racist, demonic plot to control the minds of Black people.
Jackson started his deranged rant began by accusing the Democratic Party of being the most racist organization in the United States, adding that white supremacist groups pose no threat to anybody:
The biggest and most destructive racists in America are not the Ku Klux Klan, it’s not the skinheads, it’s not the Proud Boys, it’s not whatever group you want to name as on fringe promoting some kind of white supremacist ideology. The biggest and most destructive racists in America today are the Democrat Party and the left and all of those associated with them. They are the biggest racists on the planet today. They are the biggest racists in America, and they are the most destructive, because those groups on the margin – nobody pays attention to them. I don’t get up in the morning wondering whether I’m going to run into some Ku Klux Klan members who are gonna try to hurt me. I don’t even think about that.
But I’ll tell you what I do think about every day: the destructive impact of the Democrat Party and the destructive impact on American of African ancestry. They’re targeting now Americans of Hispanic ancestry, Americans of Asian ancestry, I guess they’ll get to Americans of Indian ancestry.
They are the most destructive force in this country doing damage to these communities, and here’s proof positive of it. They think that somehow Black folks are the primary users of marijuana, oh, and their ‘selective enforcement’ now where crime is being committed, and sadly crime is excessive in the inner cities of our country, then other things come into play I’m sure. I don’t think any cops are running around looking for people with marijuana today. It’s been a long time since that’s been true.
Not only are Jackson’s remarks disturbing, they are demonstrably false. Communities of color are routinely disproportionately targeted by law enforcement over petty, victimless violations, such as possessing or using a small quantity of drugs.
But you know what I think is really behind this? Because all of this stuff that they’re doing is demonic. See, in my view, I don’t believe that you should be putting people in jail for a long period of time for smoking a marijuana cigarette, okay? I don’t believe that. I don’t believe you should ruin a kid’s life because he smokes a joint. I don’t believe that. But I don’t believe you should ever legalize any drugs because when you legalize it, what you do is you put the state’s imprimatur on it and you say, ‘It’s OK,’ and it’s not OK.
While that may be true, Jackson’s reasoning is unfounded and Jackson’s laughably false previous statements form the basis of his stance on legal pot. He suggested that if marijuana and other controlled substances are legalized, the government will force Black people to use them in order to control users:
But I tell you who it is OK for; it’s OK for those who want to manipulate people, and use people, and keeping them high is one way to help you do that. And I think that the attitude on the left is: Black folks, these minority people, give them some marijuana, give them a welfare check, give them a house, an apartment in the projects, and just let them go out there and do their thing and round them up at election time and get them to the polls to vote for us. No problem, you got ’em. Now that is about as racist as it gets.
Statistically, legalization does not lead to increased usage. It does, however, transfer the supply, manufacture, and distribution from underground markets to regulated industry – which, in turn, places safety and addiction treatment at the forefronts of public policy.
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Brandon is a political writer for the Hill Reporter specializing in current events, breaking news, and scientific discovery. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University. He lives in New York City.