This is how the US government used race panic to wage a drug war against Billie Holiday.

We’re familiar with the government’s attacks on black leaders, but we didn’t know it was out to get entertainers as well. Check out this article about how a government agent did drugs with Billie Holiday to set her up for destruction.

“Politico Magazine has a fascinating excerpt from Johann Hari’s new book, “Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.” In it, Hari chronicles how Harry Anslinger, the former head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, steered his agency in the years immediately following Prohibition toward prosecuting black American jazz artists, who he said “reek of filth.””

[ Read the full article @ Colorlines ]