Society Goes From Racist Approach to Empathy.
The Rev. Mike Starks witnessed the destruction of crack cocaine, but
not from the sidelines - he was a self-described gangster and drug
addict before he became a minister.
The Akron community activist recalls authorities responding to the
epidemic, which is said to have lasted from 1984 to the early 1990s,
with the all-out War on Drugs. Lawmakers enacted mandatory prison
sentences for dealers. Stories in the media blamed addicts for their
choices and told of gang-ravaged inner cities.
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