“We nominate these kooky people and we lose general elections.”—
Steve Schmidt, senior strategist for the 2008 McCain/Palin campaign and Republican political strategist, talks with Rachel Maddow about the public image damage the Republican Party suffers when its elected members associate with fringe extremists and conspiracy theorists.
“The irony of people like Dick Cheney or Karl Rove whining and bemoaning the fact of the leak of intelligence — given my history and certainly Dick Cheney’s intimate involvement with the betrayal of my CIA identity — is really something…”—Valerie Plame (via azspot)
That graphic is a little skewed. It should present drug dealers vs. drug prisoners, because while using drugs and selling drugs are both illegal, most drug imprisonments are a result of drug trafficking. Without drug trafficking, the rate of drug use would be significantly lower.
Lots of misconception in your question, but the key one is that most people in prison on drug-related charges are in for possession, not trafficking. That’s why these two graphs are presented next to each other. If some people who use drugs (and therefore must also possess them) are white, then statistically, white people should also comprise the majority of the prison population, given that possession is that most common drug-related charge. Except that’s not the case. Not at all. The racial assumptions we tend to make about what drug criminals “look like”, evident even in your question, are probably playing a role here.
“The commission voted on Wednesday to limit to 15 years the permit that allows Madison Square Garden to operate atop the station. The commission urged the arena to seek a new home while the railroads using the station — Amtrak, New Jersey Transit, Long Island Rail Road and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority — plan improvements for when the Garden is gone.”—The New York Times