You can imagine the absurdity of hearing that President Obama acknowledged marijuana prohibition’s societal damage a day before the nation observed MLK Day, but couldn’t go as far as recognizing the disproportionate impact of prohibition on people of color.
Actually, it was much worse than that, but his failure (or inability) to point out the Black and Brown elephant in the room was probably the most audacious part of this New Yorker interview.
What do we have left after this interview? A Black president who, because of his race, can’t acknowledge injustices targeting Black people for fear of political backlash, even on Martin Luther King’s recognized weekend. He also embodies all the fears that allowed the War on Drugs to become a War on Minorities: straw men arguments about gateway legalization, inaccurate depictions of the effects of drugs, and a failure to understand what the problem is with our current scheduling of drug prohibition.