Jay Z has called America’s War on Drugs an “epic fail” in a New York Times op-ed published Thursday. The rapper — real name Shawn
In the video, which is posted above,
Jay Z goes on to point out the chemical similarities between cocaine and crack cocaine, but noted how incarceration rates didn’t have the same consistency. Basically, cocaine was for rich white people, while crack cocaine was used by minorities in the hood. Hence the difference in penalties,
In the emcee’s mind, nothing’s really changed — even as marijuana begins to become legalized in certain states. He sees dispensaries backed by investment bankers making money while those with previous drug convictions iced out of the suddenly A-OK game.
“Rates of drug use are as high as they were when Nixon declared the so-called ‘war’ in 1971,” Jay Z concluded. “Forty-five years later, it’s time to rethink out policies and laws. The War on Drugs is an epic fail.”
Watch the video above.