The lead, center-picture story on the NYT website is the following:
In Ohio Death, Traces of Heroin’s Spread
By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD 12:28 PM ET
GROVE CITY, Ohio — A recent heroin overdose in Ohio highlights how Mexican drug cartels have pushed heroin sales beyond major cities into America’s suburban and rural byways.
Quick pause: does this seem excessively racist to anyone else? The lead might grab your attention (so it’s doing its job), but at the expense of responsible journalism.
This is a classic example of “AHH AHH THE INVADERS ARE COMING!” Not only are they in the big cities and border states, but they’re “PUSHING” into the safe, rural heartland!
Get a grip, people. There’s no doubt that Mexican drug cartels are expanding their reach in the States; but “pushing?” That puts all of the responsibility on the marketer and none on the consumer.
Fact: no matter how much marketers “push,” he/she is simply engaging in the supply/demand cycle, and, of course, because drugs are illegal, there’s much more of customers coming to the seller than vice versa.
Fact: Heroin has been available in all parts of the U.S. for a long time, and Americans have been using it a long time. But now instead of your white neighbor selling it to you, maybe he’s a Mexican.
Fact: Mexican drug cartels are not “pushing” any American to buy their product.
Fact: Americans DEMAND their narcotics, and care very little about who dies for us to get them.