Articles, Blog

Witness The Roots of the LA Crack Epidemic

December 19, 2019

This little dot, has massive implications. This little dot, in the middle of south central
LA, affected the course of the nation. This was one of the first arrests of a crack
user in 1981. So what does this dot have to do with you? A lot more, than you might think. As early as 1981, reports of the alleged crack
epidemic, began surfacing in Los Angeles. Crack rock was cheaper, purer and easier to
get than traditional cocaine. And it took lower income areas by storm. TV Anchor: A drug so pure and so strong, it
might just as well be called: Crack of doom. By 1983, the epidemic had taken hold of the city, turning communities into war zones. And soon, crack became a national crisis. Reagan: Today there is a new epidemic, smokable
cocaine. smokable cocaine. Otherwise known as crack. It is an uncontrolled fire. Reagan’s anti-drug abuse act imposed harsher sentences on crack than traditional cocaine use leading to a decades long debate that the law was unfairly targeting minorities and and lower income neighborhoods who couldn’t afford the more expensive cocaine powder. Incarcerations in LA skyrocketed. By 1995 the California department of corrections
increased its black and latino inmates from 21,476 to 88,376. This led to broken families, an overblown foster care system, increased violence, and a growing skid row that crippled the nation. That’s until a long overdue correction was made. In 2010, Obama put an end to Reagan’s anti-drug
abuse act. While many feel it was too little, too late, it was a step towards correcting a racially skewed prison system. But was it enough? Now there are recent debates about a return
to Reagan era laws. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


  • Reply Born Justice Rule June 29, 2017 at 6:52 pm


  • Reply xtali taliman June 29, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    There are only 2 groups that profit from crack, the cartels and the private prison complex….if there is anything crippling the US its the fact that so many of its citizens cant work because of minor drug crimes, Obama went in the right direction, but with the likes of Jeff Sessions I doubt it will end well for these people…

  • Reply Pyro-Nexus June 30, 2017 at 4:47 am

    big up obama

  • Reply Josh Guhl June 30, 2017 at 11:57 am

    UPROXX, you forgot to mention a very important reason why crack had a harsher sentencing…black local, state, and country leaders were pushing for it to try and keep minority communities safer.

  • Reply House Music Everyday June 30, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    All wars are failures of humanity

  • Reply Robert Jung July 4, 2017 at 10:00 pm


  • Reply Stephen Wood July 10, 2017 at 6:50 am

    War on drugs lol what war more like a massacre of most Americans probably more than 50% have used some type of illicit substance and yet you think as the government that you might take control of it one day lol good luck with that cause it's so far gone and blown out of control that you will never gain control over the drugs and the affect it has on our citizens and our communities it's just something that will continue to go on and probably continue to get worse before it ever gets better

  • Reply iampioneer81 July 30, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Why are they doing a show about crack in 2018?

  • Reply 2012truth1776 August 12, 2018 at 4:01 am


  • Reply zokotu ckikazu August 31, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Yeah the Drug War is a failure. It’s like prohibition: you have to legalize it. At least then, you can regulate it.

  • Reply Eire Saoirse September 8, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Lol there is no war or never was a war on drugs…

  • Reply MrKali420kush October 6, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    I was born in the late 70s it still affects families in Los Angeles today 2018

  • Reply Casa Das Armas October 11, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Cocaine ? cocaina pura vinda do Brasil + 5545-91316904

  • Reply Alan Lloyd November 19, 2018 at 12:20 am

    To all you idiots blaming the govt for bad decisions by black drug dealers.. let me ask you this , if the govt drops a bag full of guns in my back yard, is it their fault if I grab the guns and start shooting people??? NO IT'S NOT. STOP BLAMING THE GOVT BECAUSE YOU IDIOTS STARTED SELLING DRUGS.

  • Reply Alan Lloyd November 19, 2018 at 12:22 am

    black people have been blaming others for their own dumb decisions for decades now. Jews have been persecuted much longer and they are doing well in America.

  • Reply Alan Lloyd November 19, 2018 at 12:23 am

    Black community as a whole are underperforming because of bad decisions. End of story

  • Reply brian carrington December 2, 2018 at 6:45 am


  • Reply Noah C December 7, 2018 at 4:03 am

    Government profits off of all this shit. From drug making, drug deals, rival drug dealers killing eachother, arrests/incarcerations, hell even the Rehab clinics. It's the same way we have an opioid epidemic mostly because of big pharmacies. It's the crack epidemic all over again but with revised attempts for government to "lay low." Anything is legal just as long as the government can profit off of it to put more money in their pockets.

  • Reply All Roads Lead Here February 26, 2019 at 7:11 am

    Deaf to color. You lose any credibility once mentioning race. Everybody has woes, but crack is colorblind. Stop wasting people's time mentioning race. Capiche, faggot?

  • Reply Jesse Collins February 28, 2019 at 12:33 am

    Because crackheads make great parents. No you’re right the problem was they were arrested lol

  • Reply Jesse Collins February 28, 2019 at 12:34 am

    The federal government should focus on border security national defense let states decide about drug use and marriage all that stuff

  • Reply Thomas Lightningbolt May 4, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    I met a Marine who told me he helped the US Government rip off drug Lords in Nicaragua! 
    That is where all the cocaine came from! It was very very deliberate! America is the scum of the earth!

  • Reply C N9 May 20, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Who cares if the sentencing was higher for crack and more poor folks were incarcerated? A CRIME IS A CRIME!!! If it wasnt made of cocaine or some form of coke byproduct, it would have just been some other ILLEGAL AND DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE and,…. THE LAW IS THE LAW!!!!!
    Whats this POOR ME crap about it being racially motivated…. FOLKS OF ALL COLORS KNEW THE LAW

  • Reply YOUNG CAROL May 21, 2019 at 7:31 am

    How did the word crack evolve

  • Reply Robert Evans June 15, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Failure of Journalism. Telling you what you want to hear. For something like 'the Truth', look elsewhere.

  • Reply Marcus Wilkins July 9, 2019 at 4:20 am

    It was a failure if it were really A-war on drugs, however it became an effective tool To eliminate generations of black people and place them into 13th amendment ( Exception)confirmed slavery.?

  • Reply Thomas Chaplin July 15, 2019 at 1:49 am

    How do you get punished for putting something in your own body? Thought this was America

  • Reply Gregory Love July 22, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Reagan administration, and the CIA put crack cocaine in the black communites to incarcate their men and sabotage them as hole. In 1980, LESS than two percent of the public viewed drugs as the most important issue facing the nation. Crack cocaine market replaced the manufacturing jobs in their community on purpose. Hence why Reagan sent those jobs oversees. War on Drugs was an attempt to wipe out the black race

  • Reply Chris Gagnon July 27, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Gary Webb

  • Reply Kyky DJenkins August 5, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    I came here to learn about the crack epidemic, not question the war on drugs.

  • Reply 001 0001 August 8, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Do you mean the crack the CIA brought to los angelos? Then they write laws to lock up the community they brought it to? God bless america…..

  • Reply Schwifty Fish August 12, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    A fucking massive failure

  • Reply Moab T. Frican August 29, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Obviously, and it looks like its unanimous here in the comments, the "war on drugs" was a complete fkng loss from the start on the feds side. I mean, they should just admit defeat and take a big fat 'L' on this one.

  • Reply Jennifer Smith August 29, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    I thought this was going to show that LA was a target for drug distribution. I have heard MANY reports over the years that crack hit the streets in the hands of the police

  • Reply Pandan Tour Bangkok September 2, 2019 at 7:02 pm


  • Reply April myra Robinson September 8, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    We as Americans should have never let any kind of drug's come into our country or community's period! But that shows our "WEAKNESS" as a American.

    In other words we as Americans can be easy taken over by" MAN" or "MACHINE " for we're "WEAK" not " STRONG" as we say we are!. We're SHEEP being laid to SLAUGHTER"!. Our young generation will be our down" FALL" because they can be easy influenced to do "DUMB" and" STUPID"! Things.
    We have no control over our kid's or people's!.

    I can easy influence you just by coming up with a new "FAD" or a new "DRUG", or it can be "Music" that's how drugs came to AMERICA!. Our WEAKNESS!, Our Downfall!???

  • Reply professorhoodoo September 11, 2019 at 3:45 am

    The CIA won't destroy it's biggest money maker..

  • Reply cat99 September 15, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    not one picture of a crack hoe.

  • Reply stratcaptain66 September 22, 2019 at 12:03 am

    How can we incarcerate anyone when our government is the importer/dealer? That’s right…you can’t, so my recommendation is to not obey the DOJ…plain and simple

  • Reply Стив Скотт October 24, 2019 at 5:22 am

    It's absurd that the once Governor of the state is the one who broke the same state with "The War on Drugs".

  • Reply maxtrod1 October 29, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Maybe don’t sell crack, just a thought

  • Reply The History Kid November 1, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    The drug problem is literally WORSE than it was when we declared the war on drugs, like 10000x worse, and people still think that's even a question? Duh it's failed.

  • Reply Joey Trimble November 26, 2019 at 9:46 am

    total failure under our form of government cannot enforce a law the majority of the people obviously do not want … and before some snide smart ass comes back with "well why don't we make murder legal " ..the majority don't want murder legal stupid ass .. under our form of government you cannot have laws most people don't want good luck enforcing them

  • Reply James Lee November 30, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Do these fools know who Freeway Ricky Ross or Gary Webb are? Parts of the clandestine services were bringimg the stuff in. Look up thr death of Marine Corps Col James Sabow.


    "The Great Heroin Coup" by Henrik Kruger

    "Dark Alliance" by Gary Webb

  • Reply Perry Comeau November 30, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Care to discuss aids? Or are you chest trying to enjoy the show?

  • Reply MIKE BARAN December 2, 2019 at 12:51 am

    Todays Crack Is Low Quality…Cuts Include Powdered Lidocane..Oragel And Flouorocane

  • Reply Greg zy December 3, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    I’m in Scotland and there’s loads of crack and heroin. Over here the fiend buys both, smokes the crack in a pipe then injects brown to come down or smetmes they shoot them together it’s called a snowball instead of a speedball. Yardie gangs have it locked up here the supply is endless…………

  • Reply WhyMe Lord December 4, 2019 at 5:54 pm

  • Reply G Boss December 14, 2019 at 6:56 am

    Fuck da feds

  • Leave a Reply