ERIC Number: ED347218
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Drug Problem in Black Communities. Working Paper 87-01-01.
Ferguson, Ronald F.
The drug problem among blacks in the United States is analyzed, focusing on low-income communities and the involvement of children. Interviews with more than 30 community-based black professionals in Washington (District of Columbia), Cleveland (Ohio), and San Francisco (California), whose jobs place them in daily contact with the drug problem, are the basis for the report. Subjects were identified through local professional networks as the most active and informed black citizens in the community on the topics of alcohol and illegal drug use. A central theme is that social conditions, cultural patterns, socio-political forces in black communities, and forces in society at large reinforce the drug problem and pose stubborn challenges to prevention, treatment, and law enforcement efforts. A holistic strategy is suggested to discourage drug use, strengthen alternative means of serving youth needs, and overcome obstacles to community action. Proposals include: (1) reduce cultural acceptance of drug use; (2) support street-level law enforcement approaches; (3) provide legal alternatives to jobs in the drug trade; (4) teach children to read, write, and respect themselves; (5) help families provide better parenting; (6) use funding to leverage cooperation; (7) involve the church; (8) expose and discourage political exploitation; (9) foster a positive social investment climate; and (10) adjust grant-making practices in funding agencies. Twenty-six references and a list of 36 individuals who were interviewed are included. (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California (San Francisco); District of Columbia; Ohio (Cleveland)