Story By Brother LeVon X
What is an addiction?
Definition of addiction : "a compulsive, chronic, physiological or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, behavior, or activity having harmful physical, psychological, or social effects and typically causing well-defined symptoms (such as anxiety, irritability, tremors, or nausea) upon withdrawal or abstinence : the state of being addicted" -merriam-webster dictionary-
According to wallethub.com Drug abuse has a long and storied history in the United States, since 1971 under the Nixon administration.
Brother Michael has overcome difficult odds during the heavy drug traffic in Washington DC.
This plague of drugs hit many of our communities across the nation. Crack was easily available. Because of the availability crack cocaine was a drug that made it easy to be an addict. The crack era was responsible for braking up families and destroyed lives which includes dismantling the Black community.
Brother Michael shares in his book “Walking the road to recovery 9 steps in Motion” how he overcame drugs through the help of his family friends and his faith in God. It was through Union Temple a church his mother was a member of for 40 years in Washington DC under the leadership of Rev. Willie Wilson, that he began his transformation and started seeking his way out of drug addiction.
He was also influence by the Nation of Islam under the leadership of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. The Nation of Islam was the fine tune and military structure that gave Brother Michael the discipline needed to overcome drug addiction. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08RH7MKXQ/ref=rdr_ext_tmb
Excerpts from the message of the same name delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on Sunday, November 3, 1996 at Mosque Maryam in Chicago, Illinois. www.finalcall.com
Who is to blame for the spread of crack cocaine in our communities?
"My dear brothers and sisters, if you notice from the beginning of the 1980s when “crack” started, you heard about “The Bloods and The Crips”; and you in Chicago already knew that Chicago had many gangs—but crack was not here. Mayor Daley and city administrators did not want it here in Chicago because they knew crack had devastated all the cities, only adding to the problems of the cities. But notice at the time the Republicans who were crying “law and order”: All the candidates that ran for political office had to talk about what? “Law and order” and “crime.” And when they talk about law and order, and crime, who do you think the public is thinking about? "
"They said, “We must have law and order, we must have tough laws. Crime is on the increase”—and all of us suffering from robberies, carjacking, all of these things, we said, “Yes! Yes, we need tough laws! Put them in jail.” And the White people said, “Good … They’re all in agreement! ‘Three strikes’ and you’re in for life.”