This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.
In 1992, there were 812 arrests for possessing a small amount of marijuana in New York City.
In 2012, there were 39,230.
85% of those arrested were black or Latino even though whites and minorities use marijuana at the same rates.
Here’s a story of a beloved art teacher who was subjected to arrest for having “a marijuana cigarette” they found on the ground on the same block as him. The next day, he was suspended from teaching.
“They took my life. They took what I love to do the most.”
Now, though his case was dropped, he has been banned from ever teaching again at the school he helped to found.
Racism exists. It needs to be stopped.
So much can be done about these problems. Why isn’t it happening?
No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.