'The Wire' Actor Thinks Trump's Drug War is Racially Motivated. No.
Firstly, let me just preface this by saying it's okay if you haven't heard of Wendell Pierce. He stars on the show "The Wire." And possibly works as a stunt double for Larry the Cucumber. But most importantly, before you stands a man who showed up to a premiere wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt in Comic Sans. COMIC SANS.
So, that's Wendell.
Now that we're all on the same page, we can laugh at this claim he moronically tweeted the other day:
Crack epidemic destroys a poor Black community.The war on drugs.Opioid epidemic destroys a poor White community: NationalPublicHealth Crisis— Wendell Pierce (@Wendell Pierce) 1509043436.0
In short, Wendell thinks "The Wire" is real life and he is his character.
Actor Wendell Pierce responded to President Trump's declaration of the opioid epidemic as a public health crisis by slamming the difference in how drug addiction is treated for white and black Americans.
Pierce, who starred in HBO's "The Wire," a show that dealt with drug addiction and race relations in Baltimore, is referring to "tough on crime" policies that emerged in response to the crack cocaine epidemic in the 1980s, which disproportionately affected black Americans.
Combatting drugs? Racism. Ascribing certain drug epidemics to specific races? Not racism. Got it.
This rhetoric sounds strangely familiar (see Um, What?! Charlize Theron Claims AIDS is Caused by 'Sexism and Racism’… and MORON: John Legend Goes All In, Panders to ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Garbage…). This kind of verbal train wreck is the result of an actor brain going off script. It's not pretty. But at least it's more entertaining than, dare I say it, "The Wire."
Before you send me your hate tweets, take a puff of your sacred plant. Then watch this: