In the game of chess, pawns are used to set up the more dominant pieces. What the street corner drug dealer doesn’t realize is that he is just a small pawn in the big dope game. The big guy isn’t going to be there with bail money, or vouch for one of his employees who just got caught selling drugs to an under cover agent. So the local dope boy is basically risking his freedom to sell drugs for somebody else.
Standing on the corner all night, regardless of the weather and selling a product for somebody else is just like a prostitute working for a pimp. For example, a young boy sells drugs to strangers for a small profit while the big drug guy gets a large cut of the money. A young girl sells her body to strangers for a small profit while the pimp takes a large cut of the money. See the similarities?
Some get out of jail and within six months are right back in there for doing the same thing. It is stupid to do the exact same thing over and over again and expect a different outcome. A change of environment is necessary if a person wants to stay away from the very thing that landed them in prison. I don’t need to go to prison to know that it’s not the place I want to spend time. I’ll take the word of the people who’ve been there as gospel.
If that means working three minimum wage jobs, cutting grass and washing cars on the side to pay the bills, so be it. At least you have a clear conscious and your freedom is never at stake. If drug dealers could only take the same approach used in selling as much dope as possible and turn it into a legitimate hustle, they could make just as much money and even more over a period of time.
The future can be bright for anyone, regardless of the environment a person grows up in or what his or her neighborhood is like. I personally don’t want to see another young person from Folkston spend a day in prison for getting involved in something that is so avoidable.
Originally published by the Charlton County Herald on April 13, 2010 http://www.charltoncountyherald.com/articles/2010/04/13/opinion/editorials/doc4bc4964b98794460253189.txt