WATCH: Jay-Z Explains How ‘War on Drugs’ Has Been an ‘Epic Fail’
Jay Z wants us to know how the “so-called war on drugs” has failed miserably.
The rapper, whose real name is Shawn Carter, wrote and narrated the powerful op-ed video for the New York Times, which plays out as artist Molly Crababble’s images are displayed on the screen.
Some of the things Jay Z points out in the video include how the population in our prison system has grown exponentially since the “war on drugs” began in 1971. He says the population was around “200, 000. Now it’s over 2 million.” The video also highlights the racial injustices and how black and Latinos are most likely to be charged with possession charges than Caucasians.
Carter finally states, “Rates of drug use are as high as they were when Nixon declared this so-called war in 1971. Forty-five years later, it’s time to rethink our policies and laws. The War on Drugs is an epic fail.”
Watch the full clip above.