Jay Z’s Short Film: “The War on Drugs is an Epic Fail” [VIDEO]

Written by Liberty Laura

Jay Z, Shawn Carter, narrated a short film that features artwork by Molly Crabapple about the failure of the war on drugs.

New York Times reports:

As Ms. Crabapple’s haunting images flash by, the film takes us from the Nixon administration and the Rockefeller drug laws — the draconian 1973 statutes enacted in New York that exploded the state’s prison population and ushered in a period of similar sentencing schemes for other states — through the extraordinary growth in our nation’s prison population to the emerging aboveground marijuana market of today. We learn how African-Americans can make up around 13 percent of the United States population — yet 31 percent of those arrested for drug law violations, even though they use and sell drugs at the same rate as whites.