with illicit drug use when the problem was essentially confined
to the ghetto, we might well have no problem in either community
today. Even today, one gets the impression that the black community
is being slighted in the relative attention it receives, particularly
in terms of financial support for treatment and education progress.
I must confess to a second reaction to the drug problem.
As horrific as it may sound, my immediate impulse to dealing with
the problem is to engage in vigilante action, the sole purpose
of which would be to deliver summary punishment to the pusher on
the street, to confine the addict until he begs for release, and
eliminate what my colleagues in the Georgia General Assembly may
consider do-good bleeding heart Eastern liberal reformist progress
aimed at coddling addicts. In fact, some militant groups, such as
the Panthers, have begun to give notice that pushers and drug
peddlers are enemies and exploiters of black people and that their
continual existence will not be tolerated.
While I admit to utter contempt for the pusher with his fine
clothes and fancy cars preying on black youths, I am not
unsympathetic to the plight of the hopeless youths in our society
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