Fwd: [narconews] Day Three of Gary Webb's "Dark Alliance"
- From: Daniel A.Feder <danfeder@...>
June 30, 2005
Gary Webb - Presente
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With the publication of Day Three of Gary Webb's "Dark Alliance"
series, the restored Dark Alliance website is now fully online. Narco
News still mourns Gary's death on December 10, 2004, and is pleased to
be able to remember him by giving his masterpiece a permanent home on
the Internet. This project has only been possible with the help of
Gary's family, as well as the support of The Fund for Authentic
In his third set of reports, published originally on August 20, 1996
and republished today in Narco News, Gary tackles the racial aspects of
his story, asking why the black community has been so
disproportionately hit by the crack epidemic. He writes:
"Nothing epitomizes the drug wars uneven impact on black Americans
more clearly than the intertwined lives of Ricky Donnell Ross, a high
school dropout, and his suave cocaine supplier, Danilo Blandon, who has
a masters degree in marketing and was one of the top civilian leaders
in California of an anti-communist guerrilla army formed by the U.S.
Central Intelligence Agency."
While Ross sits in prison, Blandon leads a comfortable, U.S.-subsidized
life back in Nicaragua as a member of the new business class there.
Blandons white or well-connected, contra-allied associates in both
Central and North America also remain free. Webb ties this in to the
widely noted disparity in sentencing between whites and blacks in U.S.
courts and the general trends that have caused African Americans to
bear the brunt of the war on drugs in the U.S. The Dark Alliance story
had a particularly strong impact in Californias black community, in
large part because of Webbs ability to lay out such connections
between oppressive U.S. foreign policy in the 1980s and the
contemporary problems that community faced.
Day Three also marks the unveiling (and unleashing) of the full Dark
Alliance website, complete with the additional documentation,
multimedia exhibits, reader forums, follow-up stories, and links that
made it so ahead of its time.
Read it all here, at the Narco News Bulletin:
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