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Former DEA Agent Says He Was Told to Only Lock Up Black People for Drugs (Video)

by Dr. Boyce Watkins

Matthew Fogg, a former U.S. Marshal and Drug Enforcement Agent, speaks candidly in this video about his experience in the War on Drugs. Fogg says that he noticed that most of the drug raids that he set up were in urban areas, typically targeting people of color.  Fogg said that most of the members of his team were white, which led him to ask the question that might only be asked by the black guy in the room:  “Why aren’t we setting up raids in the suburban areas too?”

Fogg notes that African Americans aren’t the only ones using and selling drugs, yet most of us notice that the prisons are full of African Americans, the bulk of them there for drug distribution.   He says that he was told to “stand down” on the matter and informed that doing drug raids in white neighborhoods would lead to political consequences for the agencies involved.  He even said that the team would “lose their overtime.”

I appreciate the courage that Mr. Fogg showed by speaking so honestly on the issue.  My father was a law enforcement official for 25 years, and I’ve heard similar stories myself.  Also, as a college professor over the last 20 years, I can say that the amount of drug use on college campuses rivals nearly any urban neighborhood in America.  In spite of this, I have yet to see the police raid any fraternity house on a Saturday night.  So, for every person who believes that black men are filling the penitentiaries because we are the only ones committing crimes, you might want to get an education on the  matter.

President Obama, are you listening?  I hope that Congress is listening too, or any political figures who’ve received more than 80% of the African American vote.  The War on Drugs has decimated the black family in America, leaving millions of children to grow up without their parents, all due to a set of federal policies that have been proven time and time again to be as racially-biased as those implemented during the Jim Crow era.  It’s time to confront these policies, and make things right.

President Obama, as well as any Democrat on Capitol Hill who spent six months begging black people to stand in line for hours in order to vote, needs to do some or all the following (thanks to Political Science Professor Dr. Wilmer Leon for making these recommendations):

1) Call for a review of all cases in which individuals were sentenced under the old federal guidelines and re-sentence them accordingly.  I’ve heard from families of men who’ve received over 14 life sentences for first time, non-violent drug distribution.  This amounts to torture.

2) The president should form a federal task force to determine how many people have been affected by the old standards and make recommendations on how to correct the wrongs of the past.

3) President Obama must use his bully pulpit to speak on mass incarceration and the impact of the prison industrial complex, even noting the well-documented racial disparity.   I know that President Obama might be afraid to tell America that he’s a black man, but it’s time to let the cat out of the bag.

4) The president should ask Attorney General Eric Holder to form a task force to provide recommendations on how to address this issue.  From what I know about Eric Holder, he wants to do this.  I encourage him to provide strong leadership on an issue that affects so many men like himself, even if Valerie Jarrett tells him not to.

The video (which is below) is a disgusting reminder of how many of those arrested for drug crimes are political prisoners.  Black women today have difficulty finding husbands because so many men are in prison.  Black children are missing critical mentors, and our community is falling apart at the seams for the numbers of men and women who’ve been hammered by the holocaust of mass incarceration.  It’s one thing to make drug arrests, but when those policies so blatantly impact one segment of the population, we should all be outraged.

You can watch the video by clicking on this link. 


Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Finance Professor at Syracuse University and author of the book, “Black American Money.” To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.


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  4. Michael

    January 10, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Let’s be clear – President Obama is no different than any other American President. He represents the interest of the ruling elite in American society. The black electorate sadly has no representative at that table. The seats at the table are dominated by Wall Street, multi-national corporations, super powerful foreign policy interest, etc. These are the heavy hitters. We are merely spectators.

    The interest of blacks and other constituencies are subordinate to these powerful interest for one reason and one reason alone – we are not organized. Better yet – we do not have organized power. One only has to read the book The Israel Lobby by John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt to understand what is being proposed here. While I am adamantly opposed to U.S. policy in the Middle East I do respect the organized power of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). This organization is by far one of the most feared lobbying groups in Washington D.C.. They also have a seat at the table.

    It is not enough to hope, wish or expect this President or any future president to do right by us. As Cornell West is fond of saying – we have to force presidents into glory. We have to make the President and the Congress do right by us and that only happens when we develop a mechanism to advance and protect our collective interest. I believe it was Frederick Douglass who said “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
    Admittedly, Obama was the first mainstream candidate from any party that I ever voted for in a presidential general election. I simply have a difficult time trusting mainstream candidates regardless of their color. However, in my quest to help make history I voted for Obama. Additionally, I felt it was important for black children – our children – to see a black man occupy the most powerful political seat in the world. I simply had no other illusions about the man despite his campaign’s “yes we can” rhetoric. For reasons stated above I knew what we were getting and I did not expect anything more. Clearly we got a lot less. His opponents (i.e. McCain- Palin, Romney-Ryan) made my decision exponentially easier.

    I knew as did a small sophisticated element in the broader black community, that not much would change for the black poor and the millions of desperate souls who voted for him. There would be no political reciprocity. Politics at the national level in particular simply doesn’t work like that. It takes a whole lot of money plus organization to play this game . So while Obama and his team played on black pride and the desperation and hopes of others to secure our support and his subsequent election victory the reality is Team Obama knows they can get away with ignoring our individual and collective needs and interest. He’s not the first President to act in this fashion and he will not be the last – unless we change how we play the game. Let the organizing begin.

  5. Chiniquy

    December 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    “President Obama, are you listening?” So, Dr Boyce the president is supposed to inform all the police agencies and the FBI to start arresting Caucasian drug users who live in the suburbs and those who attend Ivy League Universities? When will these Uncle and Aunt Ruckuses in our community realize that the President is not responsible for everything that happens in our country. He is not the saviour of African Americans. Stop making excuses for those within our community who use and sell drugs.

  6. sharon

    November 26, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    @ Dad….you hit the nail on the head…there are some things our people can do…as we are the most resillient race of all mankind… our distinquished President is proof of this known fact: no matter what we (black people) accomplish in this society,be it fame,or thoroughly educating ones self..to most white folk (even the poorest of whites..we will forever be a N-47%-ER…..real spit!….

  7. sharon

    November 26, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Wow! Powerfull comments…most valid…however I must. As a 56year old mother of three adult sons echo the remarks of “Sue”……tell me what does a mother tell her strong black men,that’s gotten the edducation, avoided the disproportinate penal ststems,and still gets the doors shut in their faces simply because they are black. I must also say that one of my sons is Bi-racial and gets the jobs he seeks and has a masters degree….one is a medical assistant, yet, because of a prior conviction (posession) over 6- yrs ago..has been unable to re-enter the work force although he’s paid his debt to society.the upside,I’m a liscensed nurse and I am in the process of starting my own Nursing service and “I” will put my sons to work. One as a driver of the company car,the medical assistant will do all medical coding/billing and my technology major will do marketing, and design all sites.

  8. Sue

    November 24, 2012 at 2:55 pm


    Have you finally lost your mind? Has your dislike of President Obama driven you mad? I expect you to demand His long form birth certificate next.

    “President Obama, as well as any Democrat on Capitol Hill who spent six months begging black people to stand in line for hours in order to vote, …” Voting is not about President Obama or Democrats, it’s about us! Voting is a duty especially for Black people, a responsibility of citizenship and a way to address the very disproportionate impact of the “Drug War” on Black people. Voting is how we advance our interests.

    We were a major contributing factor to the obstructionism in Congress. We voted for President Obama in 2008 and were no shows in 2010. We allowed the Tea-bigots whose sole agenda is defeating President Obama to take over in 2010. Now, you have the nerve to tell Black people about the lines and impediments to voting and infer that we did something for President Obama and Democrats? Listen Fool, every time we vote, every time we participate in the democratic process, we do something for ourselves!

    What you should be doing is educating people that the lines were deliberate efforts at voter suppression and that when we buy into that BS, we contribute to our own oppression. How about encouraging Black folks to target the governors and secretaries of states responsible for the lines and voter suppression and voting them out? Every election and every office counts!

    While I agree with the DEA agent’s position and the impact of the “War on Drugs” on Black people and with Dr. Leon’s recommendations, coming from you in your we did President Obama and Democrats a favor by standing in line to exercise the fundamental duty of American citizenship a favor tirade is disingenuous at best. Your bias and negativity regarding President Obama and Democrats diminishes a legitimate issue.

    Moreover, Dr. Leon, the DEA agent and you failed to add the most crucial recommendation. We can decide to stop volunteering as casualities in the “War on Drugs.” We can stop slinging drugs and we can stop tolerating Sister Sukie’s grandson Lil Pookie from slinging drugs in our communities. Yes, the “War on Drugs” disproportionately impacts Black communities. Nonetheless, some of us volunteered as low level foot soldiers in that war.

  9. DAD

    November 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Other Like-minded other fully awake African Americans regarding your comments. In fact, there is much like this going on in addition to overall long term unemployment and negative economic status of African Americans, which is much worse than what is being reported by white-owned mainstream media organizations and African Americans with and without higher education are deliberately not being hired for available jobs having nothing to do with their skills or education, are deliberately being discriminated against by the vast majority of America’s employers who are white, and white employers nationwide are overwhelmingly first hiring other whites and non-African American native minorities (Latinos, Asians, etc…). The employment, business development, and economic and social conditions in America for African Americans, for blacks in the Carribean and Africa, and for poor people worldwide are going to get far, far worse than most can even begin to imagine and all are sitting ducks.

    Equally important is the fact of all white America’s highly useful black pawns including 1/2 white Barack Obama, 1/2 white Benjamin Jealous, high white-blooded Marc Morial, 1/2 white young turk master politician Newark, NJ Mayor wannabe Govenor Cory Booker, the 1/2 white Lt. Govenor of MD, the former 1/2 white D.C. Mayor Fenty thank-God-blacks-got-rid-of-him-but-way-too-late, and also other 1/2 white/black and non-biracial black politicians in America nor the Congressional Black Caucus. Ditto for the so-called “Elite Blacks” who are overwhelmingly willing henchmen and henchwomen of America’s white power structure all seeking to maintain their access to money and positions of authority awarded them for doing the bidding of white supremacy against the Black Race en mass in America, Carribean, and Africa. Far too many cloaked in black and brown skin providing them automatic access, infiltration, and voices of white-led deception, condemnation, destruction, and nothing else into black communities, black agenda grass roots advocacy organizations, and churches nationwide.

    None of them are going to do anything at all tangible to stop or reverse the fast upcoming onslaught of deliberately escalated out of business, upper-income, middle-income and working-class employment into huge new black poverty populations joining pre-existing black poverty in America rife with anger that will become deep depression, despair, fury, poor health, sickness, riots, and ultimately blood in the streets, death, and mass incarcerations. All is underway and on the way by deliberate design. The America government and big corporations have for a while been quitely and rapidly building more prisons in great anticipation of them being filled with hordes of angry and riotous new and pre-existing long term unemployed, revolutionary, radical and poor people. The USA is quitely readying long ago previously closed military bases and other locations.

    Why will black politicians and black “elite” nationwide not do anything? Because they are also brainwashed and really have no real power and can’t and, if they actually seriously tried to do something substantially positive and longstanding to rapidly help reverse and stop black economic decline, they and members of their families will be investigated, hounded, scandalized, bounced, acquired fortunes taken, unemployed, blacklisted, bombed, and nullified in every which way either banged six-feet into the ground or also fast into the upcoming deliberate sunami of escalated new and massively increased black poverty.

    So, black politicians perform just enough believable lip service and window-dressing to appear as though they are working hard, can, and will achieve valuable tangible, if not priority results, for the people. Black politicians are not in charge and the black elite don’t even try to be charge because all know they are not, those who are in charge know it, and the only ones who do not realize it are way too many millions of black people in America, Carribean, and Africa. Black people en mass really have no real idea of who is really running America and the world, what is really going on, where those people are, what they are doing and what is going to happen, how and when. Black people have no clue of what the long game plan really is nor understand that black politicians and rich black elite are going along to get along hoping to be allowed to do what little they can and that they and their families will be spared.

    Who runs the world and controls world commerce, affairs, and the leaders of all world nations? Principally supernatural powers of evil together with the human Bilderberg Group, The Vatican, U.S. Council of Foreign Relations, and Trilateral Commission followed by back-up from their boys/girls of USDOJ CIA/FBI, USDoD, NATO, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Federal Reserve Bank, Wall Street, largest American and international corporations worldwide, and the richest people in the world. The vast majority of black people in America and Africa are not paying any attention to the strategic tactics completely detrimental to their prosperity and basic survival long underway and much that is quite visible right in front of them. There are two places in America of several in America and Europe that black people who can should visit and see to achieve if not full quick understanding of the long game plan in a nutshell certainly way more than a mere inkling of what it really is all about.

    The plan for both continued and escalated elimination and subjugation of black people in America, Carribean, and Africa is now and always has been multi-faceted, deep, and widescale. Unfortunately, black people in America, Carribean, and Africa are easily oppressed because they believe whatever the overwhelmingly white-controlled USA government, politicians, education system, judicial system, banks, media organizations, television programs, movies, music, and advertisement industries want them to believe.

    Take a quick trip to visit, see, and thoroughly read “The Georgia Guidestones” in Elberton, Georgia. Next, go and visit the Denver Airport and spend time thoroughly viewing the massive wall art murals throughout and also see the symbols on the marble floors. Then, research and fully read about The Committee of 300, High Knights and Knights of Malta, Knights of Columbus, and Protocols of The Learned Elders of Zion. Also, understand that HIV/AIDs was in fact deliberately created by white American and European scientists and deliberately introduced by them into Africa and America specifically to genocidedly wipe out and reduce the Black Race population (Read Dr. Francis Cress Welsing’ book The Isis Papers. Also, understand that rich white American government and private sector leaders together with those in European countries and their huge corporations are again carving up and re-colonizing Africa following covert daily wiping out of millions of African people via HIV/AIDs coupled with U.S./NATO/Europe led deliberate destruction and destabilization of the African Union (uniting of all African state countries) movement by the leaders of 54 African countries to create a united Africa via U.S./NATO/Europe paid instigation of false civil uprising in and bombing of oil rich Libya specifically to take out and murder Qadaffi who strongly fully supported, participated in, and financially supported the African Union, and via paid instigation of tribal civil war genocide in Rawada and Sudan, paid economic and civil destabilization, paid subversions, and false civil uprisings in Somolia, Congo, Mali, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Syria and so on, paid support and installations of certain politicians by USA and Europe as leaders of key African countries and certainly not for the benefit of the people of those countries, and following USA/NATO/Europe direct military terrorism of Libya to send message to and destabilize the African Union movement the installation of AFRICOM (U.S. and European military bases) and American/European big corporations’ land/mineral takeovers again in Africa.

    The same is going on in Black America in numerous ways ranging from via white America’s daily delivery of white supremacy subliminal and overt psychological warfare indoctrination of white domination and superiority beginning with public school education of black children daily taught about white American and European history of leaders, conquorers, european domination of black people as slaves and up from slavery to white America’s financial and political control of the public school education system regarding curriculums, what subjects / levels of courses taught, and education materials available, control of available employment and hiring, control of military and genocidal science chemical, viral, and bacterial biological warfare programs, control of judicial system, law enforcement, banks, media organizations, entertainment industry, advertising, food/health/medicine industries, control of illegal drugs and alcohol, and control of the prison industrial complex in tight partnership Europe/Vatican/Bilderberg Group.

    Black children, youth, and teenagers have since black people were first brought to America and following the Civil Rights Movement historically been taught in school all about the evolution and exploits of white America and Europe and nothing at all about Africa regarding any truth or thorough knowledge as if the huge continent of Africa and her accurate ancient history to which European knowledge and development across the board is directly tied is historically irrevelant and does not exist just as her black people have not massively contributed to the great knowledge and wealth of European, American, and world civilization. Lack of true and thorough historical knowledge of self and deliberate cover up and deceit about such of tremendous great importance is truly where the real problems of black children, adults, families, and lack of black unification really begins and from which all other negative, destructive psychological emotions, behaviors, actions flow. How can any black person on earth believe this is good or healthy for black children or the Black Race? It absolutely is not and is also long term psychologically damaging and by deliberate design.

    Any race of people not knowing their own true history or roots is a race of people easily indoctrinated, deceived, confused, self-hating, infiltrated, divided, diluted, forever largely overwhelmed, overtaken, and suspended in an idle twilight zone of ignorance to be easily daily conquored and destroyed en mass. As for what Black American and Black Africa ought to do, but far too many millions likely will not to save and reverse en mass troubles and decline of every kind is to first return to and rapidly learn and live the Word of Almighty God in obedience and in daily pray to Him asking for His mercy, guidance, and protection. Second, to rapidly unite together in active moral, spiritual, social and economic solidarity to actively plan survival and prosperity by any means necessary and acceptable to Almighty God. And third, to rapidly spread as much important knowledge and survival guidance and help if possible to as many other black people in America, Carribean, and in Africa as humanly possible. That’s it. Other than this, black people need to and should also know as well that the only unbought, unbent, strongest, unafraid, and worthy spiritual and moral leader of black people in America always speaking truth to change that more black people listen to and overwhelmingly support en mass is Minister Louis Farrakhan.



    • moeblues

      November 26, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Wow! That entry must have taken several hours to write and edit. I agree with most of the opinions in the piece. I disagree with your fractional color theory. I would argue that making the correct and courageous political decisions is about values and character – elements missing in too many politicians when race is a factor.

      In reference to your destructive psychological damage comment. What is your take on the commericalized tag “black friday”?

  10. satch

    November 23, 2012 at 3:02 am

    gnama those cats still are tools of the white man,they sold poison to their own people they still dirtbags

  11. Gmama

    November 22, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    We can’t expect POTUS to do everthing for us. Note this many people that r not working r trying to update their job skills. We must do more than complain. Npthing is new about blacks being targeted. I know people who were in the game and were smart enough to finance their education and open up legitimate businesses and left that life behind. Some of these guys only spend their money on cars and clothes and eventually catch a case. We must remember if they can’t do the time stop putting yourself in these situations. If you can’t find a job at least be mentor to these kids that have absent fathers and except responsibility for your bad decisions.

  12. Peter D. Slaughter

    November 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    So what is new
    Black’s who were not in denial and were not brainwashed to passive,scared and brainwashed knew that it was going down like that.
    Now one of these phonies is telling on massa now.
    Look’s like slavery is back in effect,like
    ” Sister Souljah said on her first and last LP.

  13. Shedrick Williams Sr.

    November 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Are any of us overlooking the fact that these men are guilty? Are we so overwhelm by racial inequality that we forget drug dealers sell DEATH. If youre going to comment on how the penal system and how mass incarceration is destroying the black man and about kids not having role models because of this injustice, let’s also talk about the effects that DRUG ABUSED PARENTS have on those same kids. Yes I understand that there is a racial prejudice. But we ask for stiffer penalties so that lessons would be learned. The only thing in this article I total disagree with is the comment about how incarceration is stopping these people from being role models. There are lots of things that contribute to our downfall as black men. We first had to do something to get incarcerated in the first. MAKE WISE DECISIONS MY BLACK BROTHERS. Stop leaning and looking for excuses as to why you did what you did. Ive been out in those saaaame streets. What we do need is jobs and skills programs to understand that there are other things in this world to be than doctors and lawyers. Unions jobs, skills, and trades provide good livings for those who want them. And if not one these try something else. Stop looking for the fast buck and allow God to exponentially mulitiply the slow coin.

    • Satchel

      November 22, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      I with you on this Shedrick. The few times I was either taken to jail or ticketed for no reason other than that I was Black, my mother would tell me “Nothing good happens after 12 O’clock at night, if you had been at home or some where you had good reason to be, the police would not just pick on you for no reason”. Once this piece of advice got into my head, I haven’t had a ticket or been to jail in 50 years. How many black men would be locked up if they believed what I believe?

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  15. blacxkcobra

    November 22, 2012 at 11:55 am

    There’s a loophole in the Constitution its been there for years

  16. PB Short

    November 22, 2012 at 11:43 am

    You forgot one thing; President Obama is not our president, he is not the Black people’s president, so said the president and Black people…therefore, expect nothing since this is how you all feel…

    Just like president busch was the white people’s president, so is Obama…

    Expect no change…expect more Blakcs to be hired by the government and trained to treat other Blacks like shit…

  17. Edward Smikle

    November 22, 2012 at 11:08 am

    There is nothing new in this article, if we did not know this before, those who did not know, must have been living under a roch or cave for the last 50 years.
    The problem we faces as black people is self hate. When the article say that it’s time president Obama, let the AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THAT HE IS BLACK. Well dont hold your breath, it will never happen. He and Valarie Jarrett, suffer from the same disease, SELF HATE. They are black in color, but will not admit, and that goes for the majority of us. We see so many negativesm in advertisment about black, it become inbreaded in our minds that we are all the things they portrayed of us.
    I find myself sometime having negative attitude about blacks, because that negativity have been so interenched in this society, it is almost imposible forus to think positive of ourselves. But yet still we will be the first to defend America, and say how great we are.Yes, it is a rich nation, but we have as much baggage as any one else.
    All one have to do is look at what is happening to the Palestanian people and look at the side we are on, and know that we full of s–t.
    If we look at the MAP of Palestine in 1947, and look at it today, and see what is now left of Palestine on would understand that we do not walk the walk, we talk the talk, but we never walk the walk. We black are the Palestanian, in America, the way we are treated.Some time our attitude and behavior seem to work against us, but the system have always been against us.
    President Obama, is not going to change it for us we have to chamge it by doing the right things. We have to come up with a system that work for us. We cannot marry ito the white race to change the system, we have to work hard at what we do. Jews are less people in number or percentage than we are but they make the system work for them,cater to all their needs, then why cant we?.

  18. Robert

    November 22, 2012 at 10:28 am



  19. black jones

    November 22, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I Think we all know this—-The message should be—–DON’T SELL DRUGS—-We gotta learn to live WITHIN THE LAW——Be better Fathers—-Some of our men do not feel part of SOCIETY—-That’s where the problem begin——Seening some JUSTICE might close the gap—–But what would be the next GULLIBLE opening?——PEACE!!

  20. Kim

    November 22, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Yeah I agree. Obama needs to step up to the plate, after pleading and begging for the black vote. He knows what’s going on as well as his compadres. While he and those in congress enjoying thier thanksgiving festivities; while the majority of us with incarcerated loved ones put on a facade as if we are truly happy yet crying like hell on the inside because there is nothing that we can do! This is a very UNFAIR nation. SAD!

  21. Derrick

    November 21, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    This is nothing new because cracker pigs only hire negro pigs to do their dirty work.

    If you notice NO NEGROID PIG has ever beaten, shot or killed a cracker criminal! They are not allowed to. They MUST call another honkey pig or an ‘overseer’ and they will come out to arrest the cracker criminal…not kill him.


  22. Greg

    November 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    There is nothing going to come of this. IT is protocol. The beat goes on….