July 18th, 2011
Also through these articles Anslinger and Hearst made it a racially equivalent drug. In many of these articles they would state that most of the 100,000 users at that time were Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and other entertainers. Equating the use of the drug with immigrants and migrant workers.
They also equated the drug with music, specifically Jazz music. Calling the music Satanic, and associating the existence of Jazz music with use of Marijuana. Implying to readers across the nation that the only reason Jazz music came to be is because of pot smokers. Because they continued to relate Jazz music to Marijuana and evil they got away with making a lot of racially charged statements encouraging people nationwide (white people specifically) to protect their women and girls from the temptations of Jazz and Marijuana. “This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.” Other stories were circulated concerning black students at universities partying with young white female students, preying on them with stories of racial persecution, and imbibing them with alcohol and marijuana, resulting in the girls becoming pregnant, or getting STD’s.
In later years Anslinger was much more reluctant to point to race or sex as being a cause or result of Marijuana use, but he never stopped blaming Jazz music. In his book he pointed out that Jazz began in areas where crime was rampant. And that it could only be heard in its beginning years in areas such as this.