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The War on Drugs and the Global Colour Line

The War on Drugs and the Global Colour Line

Edited by Kojo Koram

An international collection of essays revealing the racism inherent in the War on Drugs.
The War on Drugs has led to millions of people dead, displaced and incarcerated. Disproportionately enforced on oppressed races, international drug prohibition has reinforced the colour line across the globe.

While laws prohibiting the production, sale and use of particular drugs are presented as politically neutral and objective, this collection reveals the racist impact of the War on Drugs across multiple continents and in numerous situations. From racialised drugs policing at festivals in the UK to the necropolitical wars in Juarez, Mexico and from the exchange of drug policing programs between the United States and Israel to the management of black bodies in Brazil, this collection proves that the regulation of drugs and race is an international, and intentional, disaster.

Pushing forward the debate and activism led by groups such as Black Lives Matter and calling for radical changes in drug policy legislation and prison reform, both nationally and internationally, this collection cuts deep and rings true for all people fighting racism today.

Kojo Koram is a lecturer at the School of Law at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the editor of The War on Drugs and the Global Color Line (Pluto, 2019).

'A monumental study of the transnational circuits of racist policing etched out through the War on Drugs, the immeasurable toll of human suffering they have induced, and the resistances mounted against them' - Arun Kundnani, author of 'The Muslims are Coming' 'Brilliantly evidences the continued and systematic racialisation of the global war on drugs. A timely study, not only in its analysis of the problem, but because it challenges us to think how drug policy reform works.' - Niamh Eastwood, Executive Director, Release

Introduction - Kojo Koram
1. Benevolent whiteness in Canadian drug regulation - Elise Wohlbold and Dawn Moore
2. Policing the ‘Black party’: racialized drugs policing at festivals in the UK - Tanzil Chowdhury
3. Racism and drug policy: criminal control and the management of Black bodies by the Brazilian state - Evandro Piza Duarte and Felipe da Silva Freitas
4. Necropolitical wars - Ariadna Estévez
5. The apotheosis of war in Colombia - Oscar Guardiola-Rivera and Kojo Koram
6. A people’s history of police exchanges: settler colonialism, capitalism and the intersectionality of struggles - Ashley Bohrer and Andrés Fabián Henao Castro
7. Perpetuating apartheid: South African drug policy - Shaun Shelly and Simon Howell
8. Racism and social injustice in War on Drugs narratives in Indonesia - Asmin Fransiska
9. Colonial roots of the global pandemic of untreated pain - Katherine Pettus
Notes on contributors

Published by Pluto Press in Mar 2019
Paperback ISBN: 9780745338804
eBook ISBN: 9781786804099

135mm x 215mm

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