October 26, 2017 MSNBC - President Trump said on October 26 that we have never seen a drug epidemic like the current opioid crisis. Professor Ekow Yankah said on MSNBC that we have - but when the drug epidemic was affecting mostly people of color, there was a very different national response.

"The War on Drugs was a war on minorities, in particular young, black men, and it was a war that was motivated by the panic of keeping drugs out of our neighborhood. It was not a war about saving those who were addicted to drugs."

Watch Yankah's interview on MSNBC. 

 

 

"What we heard from the president today was the combination of sympathy and real humanity ... so that is a wonderful step forward, but then all of the policies he suggested were sort of a replay from generations past."