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Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy 2021 - Gangland TV - American Gangster TV - New Jack City 1991 - Get Rich or Die Tryin 2005 - Anuvahood 2011 - Gary Webb - Drugs Inc TV - High on Crack Street: Lost Lives TV - How Drugs Work TV - Clint Eastwood TV - Rab C Nesbitt TV - Steven D Levitt & Stephen J Dubner - Cocaine: History Between the Lines TV - America Undercover: Crack USA: Country Under Siege TV - TV Junkie 2006 - American Drug War: The Last White Hope 2007 - Crackhouse 2003 - J is for Junkie 2011 - Crackheads Gone/Went Wild 2006 - Crack House USA 2010 - Secret War on Drugs TV - Drug Lords 2018 - Adam Curtis TV - World in Action TV - Panorama TV - Better Call Saul TV -   

 

 

 

Evidence of heavy money and violent drug traffic is all around [Dan Rather, news].  Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy, Stanley Nelson reporting, Netflix 2021

 

The reporting played right into all of these stereotypes and this narrative.  ibid.  Carl Hart, neuroscientist  

 

A whole generation has been condemned to death.  ibid.  contemporary news

 

The responses were not designed to help the people in trouble.  ibid.  woman  

 

One Cuban cigar … You can’t stop these tons of cocaine from coming in?  ibid.  Hart

 

It’s more efficient; the drug is put immediately into the bloodstream.  ibid.

 

The level of euphoria was just multiplied … The effect is almost simultaneous … From that point on I was addicted.  ibid.  former users

 

There was so many people on the streets buying crack at the time it was just unbelievable.  ibid.  rozzer

 

It robs you of your true self because you become this hardened guy 24/7.  ibid.  former dealer

 

The Just Say No campaign by Nancy Reagan; it was, it felt extraordinarily hypocritical.  Because this was happening at a time when the US government was turning a blind eye to cocaine smuggling into the United States.  ibid.  Brian Bargere, journalist  

 

The Reagan administration either looked the other way, knew about, or collaborated with drug smugglers.  ibid.  Kornbluh  

 

The Crack problem is becoming a Crack crisis and it’s spreading nationwide.  ibid.  Dan Rather

 

Crack Babies: that was the epidemic that was not.  ibid.  Hart  

 

It was a concerted effort to criminalise black women.  ibid.  Asha Bandele

 

October 1986 Reagan’s Anti-Drug Abuse Act: The most unjust federal law ever written … Congress thought that Crack was a hundred times more dangerous than Cocaine.  ibid.  Sterling, journalist

 

The majority of Crack users were white, but a lot of the people involved in the economy were people of colour.  ibid.  Dr Donna Murch        

 

They were coming after the hood with a vengeance.  ibid.  Styles, ex-dealer

 

About 1994 people started becoming concerned that the people who were being arrested for Crack were almost exclusively black.  ibid.  Hart    

 

Two-thirds of Crack users were white.  But between the passage of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act in 1988 and 1994, the passage of Clinton’s crime bill, not as single white person was convicted of a Crack offence in Los Angeles.  ibid.  Murch

 

 

Gangs explored ever greater money-making opportunities with the rise of crack cocaine.  Kids who grew up in poverty were selling thousands of dollars’ worth of drugs a day.  Gangland s1e5: Race War, History 2007

 

 

A new drug came to the streets of Humboldt Park – crack cocaine.  Gangland s2e1: Maniacal, History 2008

 

 

A new drug appeared on the streets and gang life would never be the same again ... Gangs were the engine that drove the crack epidemic.  Gangland s2e12: From Girl to Gangsta

 

 

Between 1984 and 1989 at the height of the crack epidemic the homicide rate for black teenage males in Los Angeles more than doubled ... The drug that had made the Crips rich was also destroying them.  Gangland s2e5: Crip or Die

 

 

Bloods bought cocaine and turned it into Crack ... Crack was cheap and the profit margin was high.  It was also very addictive which created a guaranteed client base.  Gangland s2e10: One Blood

 

 

Los Solidas’ biggest money-maker though was the sale of cocaine and crack.  Gangland s3e4: Blood in the Streets

 

 

In the 1990s Crack hit the streets.  Gangland s4e1: Highway to Hell

 

 

All over the East Side crack houses began cropping up.  Gangland s4e4: Kill ’Em All

 

 

The district deteriorated even further in the 80s when crack cocaine arrived.  Gangland s4e5: Kill or Be Killed

 

 

November 1996: A rebel force propped up by the Reagan administration and run by the CIA … ‘Freeway’ Ricky Ross – the Crack king of LA.  American Gangster s1e2: Ricky Ross and the Crack Connection, BET 2006

 

He claimed he moved over 100 kg a week.  ibid.

 

 

1988: The family business known simply as the Chambers Brothers came to a quiet end.  American Gangster s1e5: Chambers Brothers and the Crack Commandment

 

Titans of industry in the drug trade: they even instituted a crack-house business code.  ibid.  

 

An estimated three hundred crack houses.  ibid.

 

 

Money laundering, narcotics trafficking and two counts of murder.  American Gangster s2e10: Kenneth Supreme McGriff

 

A criminal career that began two decades earlier on the streets of Queens when McGriff was the leader of a notorious drug crew known as the Supreme Team.  ibid.

 

Crack was coming to town.  ibid.  

 

On May 24th 2000 50 Cent was shot nine times ... He survived.  ibid.  

 

 

By the late ’80s the Crack trade had turned the city [Vallejo] upside down.  American Gangster s3e9: The Romper Room Gang & Mac Dre, BET 2009  

 

 

You sounding like this shit is the wheel of something, like it’s gonna change the world.  New Jack City 1991 starring Wesley Snipes & Ice-T & Judd Nelson & Allen Paynes & Chris Rock & Bill Nunn & Russell Wong & Bill Cobbs & Christopher Williams et al, director Mario van Peebles, Nino

 

I have a crack baby; he was born blind.  ibid.  mother’s confession

 

You’re beaming up to Scotty, man ... That’s why they call it the Enterprise.  ibid.  Pookie to rozzers

 

 

Crack made money, money made power and power made war.  We shot the Colombians and they shot us.  Get Rich or Die Tryin’ 2005 starring Curtis 50 Cent Jackson & Marc John Jefferies & Terrence Howard & Joy Bryant & Omar Benson Miller & Bill Duke & Viola Davis et al, director Jim Sheridan

 

 

Just ’cause I’m a crackhead; don’t take me for a fool you know.  Anuvahood 2011 starring Adam Deacon & Femi Oyeniran & Ollie Barbieri & Jazzie Zonzolo & Michael Vu & Richie Campbell & Jaime Winstone & Wil Johnson et al, directors Adam Deacon & Daniel Toland & Najama Dahir, tramp

 

 

For the better part of a decade, a Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of LA and funnelled millions in drug profits to a Latin American guerrilla army run by the CIA.  The cocaine that flooded in helped spark a crack explosion in urban America.  It is one of the most bizarre alliances in modern history – the union of a US-backed army attempting to overthrow a socialist government and the Uzi-toting gangstas of Los Angeles.  Gary Webb

 

 

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that produces feelings of intense pleasure and well-being.  Cocaine is used in two main forms: cocaine powder is snorted ... Crack cocaine is sold in rock form and smoked.  Drugs Inc s1e1: Cocaine, National Geographic 2010

 

Crack cocaine first emerged in 1984.  Up until then cocaine costing $100 a gram was seen as a drug that was the preserve of the rich.  Crack revolutionised the cocaine business, offering a cheap yet intensely powerful high for only $5.  ibid.

 

 

Smoked or injected, the euphoric high enslaves addicts.  Users and the communities it infects pay a terrible price.  Drugs Inc: Crack s2e1

 

When smoked it hits the brain in seconds giving the user an intense high.  ibid.

 

Crack gets its name from the crackling sound it makes when smoked.  ibid.

 

The black market in crack cocaine is estimated to be worth at least $80 billion.  ibid.

 

Other addicts steal to pay their dealer.  ibid.

 

Cocaine production has devastated the natural environment.  ibid.

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