Study: Drug Testing Boots African-American Employment

TIME

It’s no secret that America’s war on drugs hasn’t gone well, at least in economic and racial terms. Labor economist Abigail Wozniak investigated the relationship between race, drug testing, and employment, publishing a paper in the National Bureau of Economic Research with her findings. Surprisingly, she found that the rise of drug testing actually boosts African-American employment by a significant percentage: In states with a high prevalence of drug testing, African-American employment increased between 7% and 30%, while wages increased between 1.4 and 13%.

“A common assumption is that the rise of drug testing must have had negative consequences for black employment,” she writes. “However, the rise of employer drug testing may have benefited African-Americans by enabling non-using blacks to prove their status to employers.”

In case you missed it: She’s saying that, because African-Americans are perceived to use more drugs, drug testing enables them to objectively prove to employers…

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“Concerning Violence” Sundance 2014 Review

This film had a profound effect on me January at #Sundance . The psychological effects of colonialism lasts for generations. #BringBackOurGirls

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“Concerning Violence: Nine Scenes from the Anti-Imperialistic Self-Defense” is based upon the book The Wretched of the Earth: A Negro Psychoanalyst’s Study of the Problems of Racism & Colonialism in the World Today by Frantz Fanon.  Frantz Omar Fanon was born July 20, 1925  in Fort-de-France, Martinique. He was a West Indian psychoanalyst and social philosopher. He was raised and nurtured in the French Empire as a man of privilege. However, he quickly learned that his privilege meant nothing with his own people and definitely not with those colonizing his country. Fanon later became a resident of the Bethesda, MD before he died in 1961.

While attending to the needs of the soldiers of the Free French Army during World War II, Fanon begin to discover the effects that colonial violence had on the human spirit.  He began his study of the effects colonial violence had on men, women and…

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