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Drug War's Racist Roots? - Ethan Nadelmann

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Published on Sep 16, 2009

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/09/09/CONNECTIONS...

Ethan Nadelmann delves into the history of drug prohibition and its relation to racism and class segregation. "The distinction between which drugs should be legal and which drugs should be illegal had essentially nothing to do with the relative dangers of these drugs."

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Ethan Nadelmann is presenting at Momentum 2009 on the Connections plenary: We can't hope to fashion a better society unless we recognize the interplay of the pressing issues of our time. Where do we stand in relation to our best ideas - freedom of the press, access to education, a legal system that serves the people?

This plenary connects the dots between rhetoric and reality and reminds us that healthy public discourse is impossible without an informed citizenry. - Momentum Conference

Described by Rolling Stone as "the point man" for drug policy reform efforts, Ethan Nadelmann is widely regarded as the outstanding proponent of drug policy reform both in the United States and abroad. He is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States advocating for drug policies grounded in science, compassion, health, and human rights.

He has written articles for a wide range of journals, including Science, Foreign Affairs, American Heritage, and National Review, and is the author of Cops Across Borders, the first scholarly study of the internationalization of U.S. criminal law enforcement.

He received his B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. from Harvard, and a Master's degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and then taught politics and public affairs at Princeton University.

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