Who says we're not a color-blind society?
Congress has changed a quarter-century-old law that has sent tens of thousands of blacks to prison for crack cocaine convictions while giving far more lenient treatment to those, mainly whites, caught with the same amount of the drug in powder form. [...]The measure alters a 1986 law, enacted at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, under which a person convicted of crack cocaine possession gets the same mandatory prison term as someone with 100 times the same amount of powder cocaine.
The legislation reduces that ratio to about 18-to-1.
Scoff if you will, but at the rate of a 5.5x correction every 24 years we might actually be incarcerating blacks at the same rate as whites for the same basic crime by, oh, 2058 or so. Progress!