Creator of ‘The Wire’, Simon
featured in Observer paper in U.K.
The Page 3 spread in Sunday’s The Observer newspaper in the United Kingdon. © SGE., Inc.
THE CREATOR of one of America’s most acclaimed television shows – David Simon who produced the wire – blasted U.S. drug policy in a fabulous spread on page 3 of The Observer of the U.K. on Sunday.
The Observer is the Sunday edition of the Guardian newspaper, one of the finest newspapers anwhere, and on a par with The New York Times.
“Simon took no prisoners,” write Ed Vulliam and Saptarshi Ray in the article headlined: “David Simon, creator of The Wire, says new US drug laws help only ‘white, middle-class kids.’ ”
Simon, who created the award-winning HBO series “The wire,” delivered a devastating critique of the racist policies that’s originated with President Richard Nixon.
HE WAS APPEARING at a panel discussion presented by The Observer and chaired by it’s editor John Mulholland.
Simon is quoted as saying that the so-called United States’ war on drugs is “a holocaust in slow motion.” He states that the war on drugs has always been conducted along racial lines. And he condemns it is one of the worst aspects of American society.
“[The war is waged] not against dangerous substances but against excess Americans,” he said.
As he has done in numerous other venues, he accused successive administration of allowing, through neglect, the development of a permanent underclass of citizens who have no prospect of employment.
Their only option is to work in the illicit drug trafficking trade. As a result, “drugs are the only industry left in places such as Baltimore and East St. Louis,” Simon says.
These are views that get little attention in US media. It is an open secret that the disastrous multibillion-dollar campaign has been a dismal failure.
It is also one of the most underreported stories in the U.S.
I picked up my copy of The Observer at London’s Heathrow Airport on my stop over Sunday on my way from Los Angeles to Stockholm.
For this story alone, I’m so glad I did.