Will Politicians and Police Treat Black Opioid Users with Compassion?

By | June 19, 2017

Since Rodrigo Duterte became president of the Philippines last year, he’s faced a worldwide backlash for his deadly approach to the drug epidemic in his country. Under his control, the authorities have killed thousands of drug offenders, among them the opioid addicts that are overdosing with frightening frequency in the United States.

In September, Duterte boasted that he’d like to kill many more addicts.

“Hitler massacred three million Jews,” Duterte told a group of journalists then. “Now, there are three million drug addicts. … I’d be happy to slaughter them.” (Actually, about six million Jews died during the Holocaust.)

Police and others have killed approximately 6,000 drug offenders in the Philippines since last July, according to the U.S. State Department. Westerners have been so horrified by Duterte’s massacre of drug offenders that Donald Trump was widely criticized for congratulating his Filipino counterpart in April “on the unbelievable job on the drug problem.” (Atlanta Black Star)

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