Who is Harry Anslinger? And what did he have against drugs? What did he have against Billie Holliday? This is part one in our multipart series analyzing the origins of the drug war.
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- Marijuana: is it time to stop using a word with racist roots? | Society | The Guardian — Harry Anslinger, the bureaucrat who led the prohibition effort, is credited as saying back then: “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”
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