As of late, I have been watching a lot of documentaries. Themes ranging from Nazi Germany to comprehending capitalism parade through Netflix and YouTube. I’ve entrenched myself in a lot. Trying earnestly to fill the voids where common school and supposedly higher education had left vacant. Sometimes, I wonder if this vacancy was on purpose. Would it always be a neon vacancy sign buzzing in the echoes of the still night like the Bates Motel? Was it left vacant on purpose? I often assume so, which is why I try to absorb information when possible. However, through reading more, I have surmised that all info is not good info, but the clarity to separate and question the many voices in these books and documentary opens a new hidden passage in our forgotten brain corners. Thus, I have been watching documentaries about the US economy and the drug trade. Ultimately, I’ve always thought to myself and sometimes aloud, that the existence of drugs in America, especially the black community, was no accident.
Not too long ago, I watched a documentary about Freeway Ricky Ross. An infamous drug trafficker who was responsible for heavy drug transporting in the 80’s. I had yet entered double digits in age when Ross was quickly moving up the drug chain selling coke, but from stories told, documented court files and documentaries produced, I have been filled with the audacious story of a former tennis star. Yes, you read that correctly. Rick Ross was a great tennis player who had hopes of playing professional tennis. With lacking resources and failing education, Ross was tempted by the streets and eventually sucked into the portal of what we have most recently coined as “trapping.” Larger than Ross’ elevation up the ladder of narcotics success, if those two words can be used consecutively, is the spectrum of government involvement.
The US Government, in my eyes, has been and will probably most likely remain the biggest gang in the world. The gang that disguises infiltration as campaigns for democracies. The same gang that disguises oppression as law and order. The same gang that disguises drug trafficking to fund arms trades as a black epidemic. The latter of the three, perhaps the most intriguing. Intriguing because it’s after effects have left a community in shambles and the residue of the cocaine and violence spurred around it remain in the core of our community’s existence even to this day. However, the laws, created by the same government seek to condemn the community that have become victims while being used as pawns in a greater chess game than we’d ever imagined.
The Iran Contra scandal, or what is most often referred to as “affair,” is irrefutable evidence that the government works in tandem with the flow of drugs into America. Somehow, these facts have been dismissed as though no government officials were aware of what was going on or that the profit from drugs delivered through sources like Freeway Ricky Ross and others in the Los Angeles area were funding illegal arms deals. We often turn a blind eye to the government’s involvement in this and most of all the drug trafficking into the country. But why is that? Is it easier to herd street level traffickers into steel plantations, destroying family structures and communities while still allowing the very products they are selling to flow in freely due to a larger economical structure dependent upon its existence in the first place? It certainly appears so. The theoretical “war on drugs” which has done nothing to displace the tremendous amount of drugs that find their way into America, but has dissipated a community that has either suffered from incarceration due to trafficking of these drugs or suffer addiction from them. In either case, the “war on drugs” has proven to be dismal in its supposed original purpose, but has fulfilled its purpose of creating wealth for the private sector of the penitentiary industry. All while evacuating the fledgling poor communities, mostly black, from prosperity or the pursuit of happiness. A pursuit that seems all too evasive for many of us, even without the tampering of drugs or penitentiaries. Thanks to our prestigious government. Catch ya’ on the FLIPSIDE.