They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words.
I realize you probably don’t understand how racist is this post. The Generation that Sags Their Pants is primarily Black male. This culture evolved because prisons and jails didn’t provide belts or drawstring with pants because they could be used as weapons. Thus, their jail house pants drooped.
Second, the men in prison are frequently Black. They are usually there for some type of drug violation. Blacks prefer cannabis. Whites prefer alcohol. Cannabis is still illegal — made illegal in 1970 by RACIST President Nixon. We have filled our prisons and jails for decades due to racist and ignorant attitudes about cannabis.
“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and Black people.”
John Erlichmann, Nixon’s Domestic Policy Chief, 1994
“We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or Black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and Blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news.”
John Erlichmann, Nixon’s Domestic Policy Chief, 1994
Even today, community leaders such as John Fielding, Director of Risk Safety at AltRes, Hawaii’s largest employer, and Connie Lau, CEO and President of Hawaiian Electric, continue discriminatory and disparaging workplace policies about human beings who use medical cannabis — over 26,000+ suffering patients in Hawai’i alone. [source]
The Ghost of Richard Nixon refuses to die! Fielding said 5% to 10% more workers are trying to use their medical cannabis certification cards every year to justify failed drug tests.
“It’s this big cannabis push. As an employer … do you want them high or debilitated? That’s the option the state is giving us as employers,” Fielding said. False. Someone who medicates outside of work is not necessarily high at work.
The federal Drug-Free Workplace Act (DFWA) does not require drug testing and does not regulate employees who use illicit drugs outside of work while off-duty. Employers have a choice. Government is not mandating these racist and dehumanizing policies. Fielding and Constance Hee Lau have many options. They are limited only by their narrow and outdated thinking.
“If they have a medical condition, we could find ways to accommodate them, but being high shouldn’t be an accommodation,” Fielding said. We applaud John. There are tests to measure workplace intoxication. Nobody supports impairment in the workplace or on our highways.
Fielding could adopt global policies for accurate testing. AltRes uses a basic urine screen for most pre-employment drug screening. The DOT test accurately measures impairment or intoxication levels. Workers can be divided into safety-sensitive and non-safety sensitive employees. Community leaders must keep up with scientific research.
DOT research found drivers positive for THC were estimated to be at elevated risk (1–3 times that of drivers not positive for THC), similar to drivers with BAC levels between .01 to < 0.05. Even “high” these drivers were not legally intoxicated. [source: 2017, p25]
Fielding falsely contends debilitating conditions that qualify patients to use cannabis have been expanded “to almost anything.” Patients must have a qualifying condition, including cancer, epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder and severe nausea or pain, to be certified. Fielding demonstrates a gross lack of sophistication and education!
“People say it’s just marijuana, but all those accidents I’ve seen over the years, it’s stupid accidents. This guy had an itchy eye and was screwing something in, and he poked his eye out. He wasn’t paying attention. He was high on pakalolo.” False assumption. Fielding has no way to know this. Another uneducated and unprofessional statement.
There is no scientifically demonstrated correlation between levels of THC and degrees of impairment of driver performance. And epidemiological studies disagree as to whether cannabis use by a driver results in increased crash risk. [source: 2019, p4]
“This is another vice, just like alcohol,”
John Fielding, AltRes Director of Risk Safety
Third, if you talk with the traditional Country Boy, they love to drink alcohol. It is a ritual. Country Music is full of reference to drinking whiskey and beer. The Black male listens to rap and it has references to smoking weed.
Fourth, the Cowboy is a rural icon. The Black male comes from urban areas. The Cowboy loves country music. The Black male listens to rap. Cowboys hate rap. Urban boys aren’t fond of country music.
“Who are YOU,” they say, “to tell US how to wear our pants?”
Fifth, the majority White culture hates droopy drawls and says, “This is how you wear jeans.” Thus, the minority Black culture loves to know this bothers you so they do it even more. “Who are YOU,” they say, “to tell US how to wear our pants?”
As they say, a picture is worth a 1,000 Words. This one sure tells us a lot.
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