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“I Thought You Might Have Been High”: ‘Reel’ Debate Talk On The Black Vote




by G. Brown

There are a lot of serious issues facing presidential candidates in 2020.  And there are a lot of faces in the Democratic Primary.  We started with a historically crowded field so large that debates had to be divided into two nights to get everyone on the stage and even then there was no guarantee there would be time to hear them.

The field of 24 candidates has trimmed down to 17…only 10 of whom qualified for the November debates. Still, with 10 people in a debate, that’s a lot of voices talking over one another making it hard to stand out.

There was one voice that did stand out on Wednesday night in regards to Black voters. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker captured the room when he criticized former Vice President Joe Biden for his stance on legalizing marijuana.

Biden said earlier in the week that he would not push for federal laws to legalize weeds.  Booker said, “I thought you might have been high when you said it.” The audience erupted in laughter, but Booker had more than jokes, he had some hard facts about the reality about how Blacks feel going into election 2020.

Booker said Black voters are “pissed off” by political antics like “…nominating someone that doesn’t, isn’t trusted, doesn’t have authentic connection.”  While candidates are debating issues like climate change and taxing the rich, many people of color and younger voters are wondering what’s to be done with topics they care about like marijuana legalization.

Booker went in on the truth of the matter saying “marijuana in America is “already legal for privileged people” and that “the war on drugs has been a war on black and brown people.”(  Booker continued saying “our kids are in jail right now for those drug crimes…” even though many in Congress have admitted to smoking marijuana.

Booker is right.  The racial disparity between Blacks and Whites is staggering.  According to the ACLU, “The aggressive enforcement of marijuana possession laws needlessly ensnares hundreds of thousands of people into the criminal justice system and wastes billions of taxpayers’ dollars. What’s more, it is carried out with staggering racial bias.” (

The ACLU says even though as many Whites as Blacks use marijuana, “Blacks are 3.73 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana.” Think about it, when’s the last time you saw in your local paper or TV news a White person being arrested for marijuana possession?

Yet, despite his views on a crime that could affect their children or brothers and sisters, Biden leads the Democratic field in Black voter support.

We’re still waiting to see if the dozen or official Democratic debates are having any impact on voters. Booker may not have all the right answers on issues of impeachment, redistricting and foreign affairs, but on how the justice system is failing black and brown people when it comes to marijuana arrests, he is the only real voice on the matter.





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    oprol evorter

    December 21, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    There are some attention-grabbing time limits on this article however I don’t know if I see all of them center to heart. There’s some validity but I’ll take maintain opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we wish more! Added to FeedBurner as properly

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    NBA is fixed

    November 22, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    The war on drugs is a war against black people. The NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus and Barack Obama did nothing to stop it.

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    November 22, 2019 at 2:02 am

    Booker isn’t to be trusted either, he’s merely pandering to Black people while being controlled by whites, like Obama. He’s an opportunist who doesn’t have a chance to be president and has already sold his soul. WATCH him and his Latina lesbian girl friend break up after the election

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    NBA is fixed

    November 21, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Thanks to Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton, close to one million black people were sent to jail or prison for non violent drug abuse. In April, 1996, a white celebrity name Robert Downey Jr. was arrested for possession of crack, heroin and a gun. Soon after, Mr. Downey Jr. was arrested several more times for possession of crack. Twenty years later, Robert Downey Jr. is the highest paid celebrity in hollywood. He made over $100 million dollars playing the role of Iron Man in several movies produced by Disney. His white skin protected him from doing hard time in the California State Prison system. Unfortunately thousands of black people spent ten to twenty years in prison for non violent drug possession. The black men and women who were sent to prison for drug use did not become rich celebrities, they became poor felons. Hope and change came for Robert Downey Jr. because he is white. Hope and change didn’t come for the black people who were sent to prison for using drugs. Corey Booker was right, the war on drugs is a war against black people. Unfortunately neither Corey Booker or Kamala Harris has the power to stop the war against drugs, I mean the war against black people.

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    NBA is fixed

    November 21, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Point number one: The American Justice system has two missions. One, to maintain the wealth and power of rich white people. Two, to prevent blacks from attaining wealth and power. Please do not expect the Justice System to work for us.

    Point number two: Corey Booker was right when he said “The war on drugs is a war against black and brown people.” Unfortunately Corey Booker failed to mention that Joe Biden played a major role in using drugs to further execute the war against black people. Remember Joe Biden helped former President Bill Clinton write the 1994 crime bill that put close to one million black people in jail or prison for non violent drug abuse.

    In conclusion, Corey Booker is a less convincing, less charismatic version of Barack Obama. He is trying to say the right things in order to get us to support him. Democrats using a tragic mulatto to give us a false sense of “Hope and Change” worked in 2008. The scam won’t work in 2020. Please pass this message to the two tragic mulattoes Corey Booker and Kamala the Ugandan mistress.

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