In Dorm Room Dealers: Drugs and the Privileges of Race and Class, A. Rafik Mohamed and Erik D. Fritsvold point out that the rate of illicit drug and substance use is lower among young black adults than among young white adults, 34% versus 39%. This means there are there are about 5 million white 18-to-25 year olds who are regular illicit drug users compared to about 1 million black users. Yet half the people in state prisons for drug use are black. Dorm-room dealing is low-risk because white, middle-class youth are "anti-targets" in the "war on drugs." The authors explain that white dorm room dealers are invisible to law enforcement because they do not fit the image of a drug dealer, or their drug dealing is ignored by the college's authorities. Young black men are much more subject to searches and consequently much more frequently arrested for possession of drugs.
Currently almost 1 out of 10 voting-age African American
Minnesotans are disenfranchised compared to
only 1 of 100 voting-age white Minnesotans