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Jay-Z Criticizes the War on Drugs in New 'NYT' Video

Jay-Z Criticizes the War on Drugs in New 'NYT' Video

Jay-Z calls the war on drugs an “epic fail” in a new op-ed piece for the New York Times.

The 45-year-old rapper created a compelling, four-minute video, which he narrated over artwork by Molly Crabapple.

“Even though white people used the sold crack more than black people, somehow it was black people that went to prison. The media ignore actual data to this day,” Jay says. “Crack is still talked about as a black problem. The NYPD raided our Brooklyn neighborhoods while Manhattan bankers openly used coke in impunity.”

He continues, “Young men like me who hustled became the sole villain, and drug addicts lacked moral fortitude. In the 1990s, incarceration rates went up. Today, we imprison more people than any other country in the world – China, Russia, Iran, Cuba. All countries we consider autocratic and oppressive. Rates of drug use are as high as they were when [Richard] Nixon declared the so-called war in 1971. Forty-five years later, it’s time to rethink our policies and laws.”

Watch Jay-Z‘s full video below!

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  • Penny Dreadful

    Oh shut the fuck up, Jay.

  • Will

    Jay-z does have a history of violent behavior. He shot his 16-year-old brother when he was 12. He also stabbed a record producer (Steve Stout) in December 1999. He plead guilty and got probation. Poor Jay-z, violent drug dealing victim. All caused by white people?

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  • xyz

    Imbecile criminal Jay-z talking shit as usual

  • xyz

    Its trendy to blame the white ppl for everything, coz they are so rayciss, dear….

  • damian gonzales

    where are the terrorists when they are needed?