Are pushers really bad people all of the time?

Canada
April 19, 2008 11:57pm CST
Okay I am from the ghetto so I have known some types of people that maybe most of you will never know in your life. No, let me tell you that I am not a pusher my mother raised me better than that, but I do know some pushers in the neighborhood. However it does bother me when people lump all pushers into one neat little category, which is scum of the earth. I know some pushers that are just down on their luck, they have no money, no education, and can't get or keep jobs, and get very few breaks in the city. There is an expression that states desperate times call for desperate measures. The pushers I am talking about are not big drug cartels they are little people trying to make money to support their family. They dont make millions of dollars,they don't hang out on the corner, and they don't sell to kids, in fact they have a very select group of people they will sell to most of which are friends and acquaintances none of which are kids. Okay I know it is wrong because the law says it is wrong, I get that but is marijuana all the more wrong than alcohol or cigarette's? Think about it, they are all drugs. Cigarettes can cause cancer, and alcohol can give you siroses of the liver, no studies to date have shown any conclusive proof that marijuana is that harmful. Some of you will say, oh yes people in the ghetto will push drugs or use drugs, that is all I know. But what about who they are selling the marijuana to? Yes it is to other people in or from the ghetto too, but what about the doctor, lawyer, engineer, judge, architect etc that are buying it? are they dregs of society also? The small time dime bag pusher that I am talking about is just a normal person on the street, doing the same things everyone else does, he may go to school for parent teacher night, he might coach the local little league team, or might even be the guy to help you jump start your car when no one else would bother to take the time. Why is he considered worse than anyone else? Or why is he considered as bad as the worst?
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
20 Apr 08
I know exactly where you are coming from with this. I think in this day and age, alot of us should not judge other people like that. There is good and bad in all kinds of people. We cannot even take the government for their word anymore, so who are they to judge others also. We all have to make a living one way or another. We all have to survive. I would never stand back and judge someone until I have walked in their shoes.
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• Canada
21 Apr 08
I agree we should not judge each other for petty things ... I do think it's funny tho a lot of the people that would point a finger at him do it themselves, and a lot of the people that don't wont bother as long as it does not interfere with them.
@winterose (39916)
• Canada
20 Apr 08
He is not a worse than anyone else, but he is still breaking the law, that is the problem, He knows he can get caught any time and he constantly has to be one step ahead of the police. It is also the proverbial double standard. A poor guy using pot is a pot head, a useless no good, a lawyer using it or pushing it is quite acceptable it is a recreational sport.
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• Canada
21 Apr 08
I agree he is breaking the law and knows the consequences he may face one day. and I also agree on the double standard as I've witnessed it in practice many times in the ghetto and even elsewhere.
@Chispa514 (871)
• Montreal, Quebec
19 May 08
Sweetie you have brought up a really good point. i know a few of those type of guys, (probably some that you know as well lol), and while yes, some of them may be considered dirtbags or scum or whatever the case may be, there are the odd few who were actually good guys, just trying to make some money to help support their families, as well as a way to live a better life. One example, look at Lorenzo (may he R.I.P, i'm sure u remember him), he wasn't a bad guy, he wasn't even a fulltime dealer, he dealt here and there, and mostly it as to help his mother put food on the table for him and his siblings.He was also doing it to save up money to go back to school. Yes, he could have gotten a normal 9-5 job which quite honestly would have paid better money, but let's face it, without at least a high school education, and not much french its hard to get a job in our city, ESPECIALLY if you're part of a visible minority, peoplw say no, but they just turn a blind eye to the truth. My point is, when he was killed, there was people who said that althugh it wsa said, at least there ws one less dealer on the street. Talking about him like he was no better than the trash on the street, and he was always careful on who he sold to, and like u mentioned about some dealers, Lorenzo didn't really sell to people he didn't know, let alone anyone underage. It angers me when people assume someone is a dirty lowlife just because of the choice in life without knowing the full story of why that person chose that path in the first place. luv ya