8 May, 2013
Thesis: Crack-cocaine is one of the most addictive drugs known to mankind, especially to the African American race and it has affected the black culture in numerous ways like music, gang violence and Media Hysteria
I. Invention of Crack
B. Rick ‘Freeway’ Ross
II. Effects of Crack-cocaine on Black Culture
A. Entertainment Industry
B. Gang Violence
C. Prison Industry
1. Drug Laws
2. Prison Population
E. Media Hysteria
1. Stereotyping Black Males
How does Crack have a Negative Effect on the Black Culture and hip-hop Industry?
“Either you slinging crack rock or you gotta wicked jump shot’’ (Notorious B.I.G.). This quote shows the poverty and despair that the African American people felt. Crack to me has had an impact that can only be compared to slavery. Crack has dealt an enormous blow to the African Americans. When you are driving down the street and see a homeless black guy wearing mangled clothes on walking what do you assume? When you see a person asking for change at the neighborhood corner store what do you assume? Crack cocaine is one of the most addictive drugs known to mankind, especially to the African American race, and it has affected the black culture in numerous ways. What is Crack?
Crack is a highly addictive and powerful drug that is made from powdered cocaine. Crack is made by dissolving powdered cocaine in a mixture of water and baking soda. The mixture is boiled until a solid substance forms. The mixture is boiled until a solid substance forms. The solid is removed from the liquid, dried, and broken off into chunks, this where the drug gets its infamous name. Crack exploded onto the scene in the mid to late 1980’s. It was first discovered in the mean streets of inner city Los Angles, California. It was first distributed by the drug lord god Rick “Freeway” Ross. Freeway Ross is the Michael Jordan of drugs; I had only two idols growing up Michael Jordan and Freeway Ross (Slim da Mobster). Donnell Ross, better known as “Freeway” Rick Ross was born January 30, 1960 in Oakland California. As a young man Ross moved to South Central Los Angles where he wanted to pursue his tennis career, but was unsuccessful at it, so he began to sell cocaine for his tennis coach. As Mr. Ross grew older he also grew wiser he started his own cocaine businesses, which grew to become one of the biggest drug empires in Southern California. Ross said one day he was approached by two ununiformed C.I.A. agents who offered to supply him with tons of cocaine for a cheap rate if he sold this new drug for them. In a prison interview Ross stated at the time he did not what the little rock was, but little did he know what it would become. Ross says C.I.A. agents gave him the method to make crack form cocaine. From 1986 to 1996 Ross was the biggest drug kingpin in America. He was moving several tons of cocaine a year, and doing without going noticed by law enforcement. Ross stated in an interview “I was making 2 to 3 million dollars a week, I was taking trips to Paris, Hawaii, and Africa every other week.’’ “I sell you drugs and they sell you lies ’’ (Ricky Ross). In this statement Ross is comparing two wrongs when he says he sells peoples drugs and the government sells people lies. This statement would come back to hunt Ross, in 1996 Ross was arrested by federal agents for trying to purchase 100 kilograms(220 pounds) of powered cocaine and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. While in prison Ross contacted Gary Webb who was a journalist for the Oakland Chronicle. These...