Drugs, Racism, and The New York Times

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Radley Balko has combed through
the New York Times archives to see just how racist the
paper’s drug coverage was a century ago. Pretty racist, it turns
out: The articles he found feature headlines like “NEGRO
COCAINE ‘FIENDS’ ARE A NEW SOUTHERN MENACE” and subheds like
“Drug-Crazed
Negroes Start a Reign of Terror and Defy Whole Mississippi
Town.”You can see the rest
here, along with a bonus bit of bigotry the Times ran
in 1885. That article’s called “The
Similarity of Chinamen,” and I’d try to describe it, but I
don’t think any summary I could write would do it justice.

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Drugs, Racism, and The New York Times

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