In a recent interview with NPR , Attorney General Eric Holder admitted to having finally seen the light: America is locking up too many of its citizens, especially its black and brown citizens. Holder is set to announce what he described as “major changes” in the entire incarceration process within a week’s time. His special focus and emphasis is on the putative “War on Drugs.”
From the interview: “The war on drugs is now 30, 40 years old. There have been a lot of unintended consequences. There’s been a decimation of certain communities, in particular communities of color.” (Emphasis added).
Holder’s sudden shift in attitude, approach, and drug policy follows several meetings with prison and drug reform groups. Dr. Boyce Watkins of Syracuse University and YourBlackWorld.com, together with entertainment mogul Russell Simmons, recently presented an open letter to the Obama Admistration signed by 175 celebrities, activists and scholars demanding an end to the so-called war on drugs.