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The differential sentencing policy for crack cocaine vs powder is not “racist.” The demand to deal firmly with crack cocaine came from the black communities themselves. They were the ones being ravaged by burglaries, robberies, and violence associated with the crack cocaine epidemic.

Powder cocaine was simply too expensive to be a street drug.

As to the rest: Read Heather McDonald’s “The War on Cops” for an account of how the “reformers” have impacted law enforcement and made communities — specifically black communities — much less safe.

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