Tolliver: Captain Heroin what have you done?Written by Guest Author | | GuestAuthor@toledofreepress.com
No doubt it is tragic when anybody is addicted to a narcotic drug and they are either found dead due to foul play or they overdosed due to not knowing the strength of the narcotic or simply wanted out of life.
But what is also equally tragic and an indictment on the double standard of fairplay in the USA is when you compare the below acts.
Find out if you can guess what one of the below samples received more news attention and police action than the others. Here are the samples:
Sample One: Leroy Washington, age 20, died in an alley off of Batavia. Unemployed. Two kids. No wife. Drug overdose on heroin. Prior criminal record.
Sample Two: Lo’reAnna Crattle, age 31, died in her home on Machen. Married. No kids. Worked as a domestic. No prior record. Heroin overdose.
Sample Three: Jerrundadina Foster, age 18, died in a drug house on East Bancroft. Single. No kids. Unemployed. Overdosed on heroin.
Sample Four: Russell Manchester, age 49, died over a heroin overdose in a car parked outside of a downtown club. Married. One child. Employed as a part time waiter. Prior record.
Sample Five: Caesar Martinez, age 33, died of heroin overdose at a party on the south side. Single. Four kids. Self employed as a handyman. No prior record.
Sample Six: Philip Seymour Hoffman, age 46. Died of heroin overdose in his private home in a ritzy New York neighborhood. Multi-millionaire and famous movie actor. Single. Three kids. Received national news coverage for days. Mourned by national outcry regarding heroin addiction and abuse.
Arrests promptly made of his purported drug dealers. New national focus on the easy availability of cheap potent heroin and how heroin use is increasing amongst white middle class and upper middle class kids.
Renewed national campaign to bring the scourges of heroin use to the public’s attention.
In case you may have had difficulty spotting which of the above samples curried national media attention and renewed the focus on the increase use of heroin among white kids, re-read above sample six.
The death of the actor Philip S. Hoffman has sparked a new national debate about the availability of cheap and plentiful heroin in the suburbs and how America needs to get its act together before this scourge claims more victims.
Now, we all know that “H” has been killing folks for decades and has been a killer in minority communities for that long and longer but until the tentacles of heroin use started reaching rich and privileged white kids in suburbia, it was considered a thing of which “those” people did.
Now that we know that heroin is an equal opportunity killer and destroyer, but maybe, just maybe when this national focus is renewed on the horrors of heroin, that people other than those who are rich and famous will get some press ink and maybe, just maybe, their lives, ruined or cut short by their addiction to heroin will mean something.
It is OK for heroin to be contained with the limits of “inner cities”or the jungles of public housing complexes. That is what the manufactured images would have you to believe. Or, that it is just an addiction problem for Hispanics and black folks and artists and jazz musicians.
That, as long as we simply boo-hoo it away and its claws do not come near white suburbia, it is OK. It can be contained.
But, oh…when it cuts down the Philip S. Hoffman’s and Hollywood’s best and brightest stars and begins to creep into tony suburban enclaves and rural America…now that is when it gets serious and it has to stop!
It is OK when the drug wars take minority members as it captives and ruining neighborhoods and wreaking havoc on black families, but when those same drug wars led by Captain Heroin start decimating young white males and females who will not have a chance to produce after their own kind, it is time to make the “H” war serious.
But until there are more deaths similar to Philip S. Hoffman, there will be a brief hue and cry and then we will move on to the next crisis not understanding that Captain Heroin takes no prisoners and he is in it for the long haul.
Captain Heroin was not happy that his foot soldier, Philip S. Hoffman got sloppy and exposed himself to public scrutiny. Captain Heroin would have preferred that Philip S. Hoffman would have taken the proper dosage, got his high and moved on and thus not brought attention to the treachery of Captain Heroin.
Captain Heroin did not mind the above samples 1-5 being exposed.
They were mere trifle fish in the big ocean and no one plays any mind to small fish. But when the whale, Philip S. Hoffman, got caught with Captain Heroin’s needle in his arm, Captain Heroin now has to wait out this current national outcry before he can go around and claim more victims with impunity.
“Thanks a lot, Philip”, said an outraged Captain Heroin to Philip S. Hoffman while he was still in the body bag at the morgue.
“Now look what you have gone and done!”
Lafe Tolliver, Attorney
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