Why A Drug Arrest Is Not Like Other Arrests

David Simon is an author, journalist, and TV creator
(“The Wire,” “Treme,” “Homicide: Life on the Street”) who I respect more than almost
any other writer working today. He’s always honest and incredibly observant of
where the ethics of our society are headed. Here’s him speaking during a clip
from a PBS special about one of the saddest effects of the War on Drugs.

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We're Number One! We're Number One! Why, God, Why Are We Number One?!

You don’t get any votes for talking about over-incarceration, but we should. In these faltering economic times, can we afford to lock up millions of potential solutions and job creators?

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The Bizarre Connection Between Lead And Violent Crime Sounds Like A Conspiracy, But Totally Isn't

I was skeptical, too, at first. But you don’t need to wear a homemade tinfoil hat to find the correlation they talk about at 1:02 interesting, and the causation they talk about at 3:13 totally fascinating. If you still aren’t convinced, stick around through 6:10 for an explanation of what lead does to the brain that causes this sort of behavior.

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The Brilliant Dramatization Of The Trayvon Martin Killing That Every American Should Watch

“Stand your ground” laws don’t work. There has to be a better way.

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Anyone Else Aware Police Were Pulling These Kinds Of Experiments On Our Children?

I am not sure who exactly learned what in this baffling exercise. Apparently, these children volunteered to be part of some sort of experiment, they just didn’t know exactly what it would be.

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Imagine: You’re 21, Newly Married. The Cops Have Just Charged You With The Murder Of A Little Girl.

A man was arrested for killing a little girl and spent almost nine years of his life in prison, part of that on death row. And he was innocent.

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Does This Gun Make Me Look Fat? A Liberal's Visit To The Shooting Range.

Guns can be scary: because they, like, shoot and kill things. When a
liberal comedian walks into a gun range and meets two Jews, a fashion designer,
and a black redneck, watch how he kills ‘em with laughter.

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One Of The Most Brilliant Ways Ever Invented To Discriminate Based On Skin Color? The War On Drugs.

The biggest takeaway? The war on drugs has failed, and worse, it’s changed the “justice” system into the most racist thing since apartheid in South Africa. Not kidding.

(I’m not going to do the “at 2:00, he blows you away, at 4:44, blah blah blah” thing. You’ll seriously just want to watch this all the way through.)

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She Can Look Into A Child's Eyes And See What's Wrong. No, She's Not Psychic. Just Badass.

This woman puts her life on the line to stop violence in her hometown of Chicago, a city that many say is ground zero for America’s gun violence epidemic. Here she riffs not just about her amazing job, but how to find purpose in life and what it means to be a woman and a mom.

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