One of the bright spots of the 2012 election cycle for liberals, especially black liberals, was the success of marijuana legalization efforts in Washington and Colorado. Black legalization advocates weren’t lifted because blacks smoke more weed than whites, but because blacks are disciplined much harsher than their white couterparts.
To drive that point home, consider this statistic from the Washington City Paper:
D.C.’s dope divide is just as striking when you zoom out. According to arrest numbers obtained from the Metropolitan Police Department and crunched by a statistician, between 2005 and 2011, D.C. cops filed 30,126 marijuana offense charges. A staggering number of those—27,560, or 91 percent—were filed against African-Americans. Only 2,097 were filed against whites.
Lady justice has removed her blindfold, or so it seems. On close inspection it appears that D.C. police look the other way when D.C.’s elite light up a joint, but pile on when D.C’s. poorer and darker residents puff, puff, and pass.
As the article notes, the trend is continuing. Marijuana charges filed against blacks rose 6 percent between 2005 and 2011, but declined 10 percent for whites during that same period, despite evidence which indicates that drug use among whites and blacks in the city is relatively equal.
Another interesting anomaly in all this is that gentrification in the city has driven blacks out, reducing the city’s black population, to make room for white D.C. dwellers. So how can D.C. police account for the arrest disparity?If they have a defense, they should certainly be willing to share it with the rest of us.