How did cocaine effect the economic state of urban america

The Frank Matthews case gives us a powerful, and disturbing, glance into the economic state of Urban Black America circa 1970. Slavery had been over 100 years before large amounts of capital flowed into Black America for the first time- and it came from illegal products,- first the Numbers Racket, then drugs. Like the Italian, Irish, and Jewish, families that made their fortune during Prohibition- including the Crooked Kennedy’s- a handful of Black Gangsters and their families went from rags to riches seemingly overnight. But it was a wild and violent ride, coinciding with high tide for the Civil Rights movement. The Superfly’s and Kingpins were often at odds with Pro-Black militant movements, and often in league with corrupt white law enforcement who allowed illegal drugs to take over the economy and society of places like Harlem…as long as they got their cut.

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