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by Dr. Boyce Watkins
Sir Richard Branson has spoken up and out against the War on Drugs in the United States. Branson recently noted that the policies are racist and represent a “war on black people.” The billionaire made the remarks during an interview with the Metro newspaper.
“The fundamental difference [in drug policy] in America is that it is a war against black people. 85 percent of people who go to prison for drug use in America are black people. They don’t take more drugs, but it’s a racist law against black people in America,” he said.
“The law should be changed. You’ve got something like 1.5 million people in American jails languishing for taking drugs and that is wrong,” said Branson, a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP).