Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 2:29 p.m.
"7 Steps to Smoke Pot and Never Get Caught" was written by Russ Belville and posted on Alternet back on Sept. 13. It's still making the rounds on the internet right now, though, and came to my attention via the Orange County NORML discussion board.
The post contains some practical advice on how not to get arrested for smoking weed, and a lot of it is familiar ground for the average stoner. Stuff like: don't pass a pipe back and forth if you're on the bleachers at a rock concert or some other outdoor event, but use a joint. Don't dress like a hippie.
That's the straightforward part.
Perhaps because the very first tip Belville offers is "Be White," however, some earnest, medical marijuana activist-type people are calling the list racist. "Racist . . . not worth reading," remarked one such reader on the OCNORML board.
It's hard to see the merit of that argument, seeing as how it's a well-known fact that, especially in large cities like New York, Los Angeles
or Santa Ana
, most people arrested for smoking weed are African-American
. They're also overwhelmingly young, which probably explains why Belville's second tip is "Be Middle-Aged
So is Belville being racist or just using humor to make a valid point about our justice system?