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Ep. 6: 37th & 8th (100:1 The Crack Legacy)

Length: 26 mins
Categories: Radio & TV, Documentaries
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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[Contains explicit content] The “war on crack” is over, but the legacy of that battle is alive today – especially in police departments around the country. In this episode, we look at how changes in police practices and attitudes reaching back at least three decades are still shaping the way cops behave, especially towards black Americans. And we explore police behavior as an extension of a larger understanding of blacks as inherently criminal - and the future of that understanding under President Donald Trump.

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Excellent series I was left craving more

When creating documentaries, there is a fine line between entertainment and informative. I think this is both, but I did admit that I found myself craving slightly longer episodes. Even so, this a very good introduction to the war on the drugs and the horrible legacy that it has left. However, I would have liked to hear more about the solutions that people are presenting. For example, the judge and her 500 names...how far is her progress on that? I understanding a documentary kind of just documents things, but like the co-producer, in the end, I kind of felt myself at a crossroad between despair and hope. Although there are other reviews that view this as racist and bias, I strongly encourage everyone to listen to the entire series and then do additional reading and fact checking on your own. There are many uncomfortable and hard truths in here for some. Being able to learn about narratives from a variety of perspectives is the first step towards progress.

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  • Mr. A. J. H. Jackson
  • 08-11-18

B.L.M. Propaganda - 1 star as I couldn't give a 0.

B.L.M. Propaganda - no wonder it's free - don't waste your time - only gave 1 star as i couldn't give it a zero.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-09-18

Racist Rubbish

This isn't about drugs, this is racist, anti-police propaganda littered with accusations of murder and executions. This should not be on Audible and could quite probably be considered as inflammatory and slanderous. Vile, hate speech disguised as a documentary.

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  • Baphomafyew
  • 01-23-19

Heartfelt stories from the disastrous War On Drugs

Do you think it's fair for a minor possession charge to lead to life in prison for an 18 year old?

Christopher Johnson's investigative journalism is lively and engaging, and involves a strong amount of both research and personal accounts. Johnson tracks the destruction wrought not only by the 'crack epidemic' itself but by the draconian policies brought into place to supposedly deal with the scourge. The War On Drugs is portrayed as a failed project, cynically designed to make heroes of politicians with zero thought for the actual lives that would be impacted-- generations of (largely) African American men imprisoned for life.

I massively enjoyed the production, the narration, the interviews and the well-shaped argument. I found it extremely compelling, and look forward to Johnson's next project.

Further reading/listening: Michelle Alexander's study 'The New Jim Crow', Kendrick Lamar's album 'Section.80', Killer Mike's track 'R.E.A.G.A.N' and Dwayne Reginald Betts' poetry collection 'Bastards of the Reagan Era'.

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  • Goronwy-Wyn
  • 10-09-18

Big money politics in action!

When you can marginalise a sector of society to make money and to fool voters you know you've made it in politics!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-31-18

Thought Provoking and Informative

This series gives a real insight into the different layers of 'The War on Drugs.' Those interviewed cover law makers, enforcers, dealers and those serving time for drug offences. It provides a clear explanation of the laws and the impact they have on communities.

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  • 05-01-19

CNN level credibility

Good Narrators voice but scrappy production. Biased and superficial. Nothing you havent heard for decades from MSM.