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Toni Preckwinkle, President of Cook County Board, the second-most populous county in the nation, shocked audience members at a conference in Champaign, Ill. when she stated the late President Ronald Reagan deserves “a special place in hell” for his drug policy and the “war on drugs” that followed his policies.
She later described her statement as inflammatory, but refuses to change her position on the discussion. “If I had it to do over again, I certainly wouldn’t say anything quite so inflammatory. But my position basically remains the same,” she told local news reporters.
This was not Preckwinkle’s first time criticizing the U.S. drug policy. Last year at a rally she said the United States’ war on drugs “has failed” in its aim to dwindle drug use and has, instead, resulted in mass incarceration. She also said the war on drugs comes “at a tremendous social and economic cost to all of us. The cost is too great to continue fighting this war on drugs with so little success.”
Is Preckwinkle saying what most African Americans believe? I believe she is. My father, Mario Lloyd, is a prime example of the result of Reagan’s drug policies. He was sentenced to 15-life sentences in the late 80’s as a first-time offender of a non-violent crime in Chicago, Ill. Since Preckwinkle can’t say it, I will. Reagan deserves a special place in hell.