While there have been various reports on drugs and drug trafficking, the reports published in the San Jose Mercury News in 1996 set off a storm of protest in Los Angeles and black communities across America as African-Americans got enraged by the assertion placed on Blacks as regards drugs.
Rather than take responsibility for certain actions, some reports shifted society members’ responsibility by stating that crack use began in African-American neighborhoods.
Amid the protest, investigative journalist Gary Webb stated his belief that crack began in African-American neighborhoods.
To him, the use of cracks isn’t dependent on the neighborhood but the kind of people who lived in them. He stated:
“Nobody was forcing them to smoke crack; the argument went, so they only have themselves to blame.”
‘They should say no. that argument never seemed to make much sense because drugs don’t just appear magically on street corners in black neighborhoods.
“Even the most rabid hustle in the ghetto can’t sell what he doesn’t have. If anyone was responsible for the dog problems in a specific area, I thought it was the people who were bringing the drugs.”
During his investigation, Gary Webb most notably reported how the CIA-backed guerrilla army in Nicaragua used crack cocaine sales to fund an attempted coup of Nicaragua’s socialist government. Reports of Webb’s investigative swept through the ears of many.
While prominent newspapers took advantage of the story by building on Webb’s reports, several onslaughts of reports from the Washington Post, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times.
The CIA, which was the center focus, denied Webb’s story and incorporated its policy of not commenting on individual agencies’ reports.
What seemed like a groundbreaking story for Webb soon became his biggest nightmare as he ended up getting killed in 2004 after known and unknown forces ruined his career.
Webb’s investigation stemmed from the secrets held and alliances gained during the Revolution of 1978 and 1979. The U.S. Backed dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza in Nicaragua had ended with the Sandinista revolution.