I love movies. I love foreign movies. However there is one thing that I detest. I LOATHE movies that insist on all of the "bad guys" speaking a foreign language when the "good guys" speak english. Usually the bad guys speak german, or russian, or arabic. This is well done in the movie Pathfinder. The good indians speak english. The bad vikings speak. . . well. . . viking. Never seen that one? What about the war flick Enemy At The Gates? You know the one. Jude Law plays the english speaking russian hero. He is russian with an english accent. WTF? Ed Harris and his evil nazi cohorts speak German.
I have a theory. This is all done so that we will relate to the "good guys" and disassociate ourselves with the "bad guys". If the "bad guys" speak another language, especially that of the evil nazi, or the evil russian, we won't feel so bad when they get killed. We won't ever pull for them or be "on their side". They are not like us. We can't even understand them. Their germanic language is rough and brutal to our soft english ears. Don't think for one minute that is a coincidence. People don't spend millions of dollars on movies without thinking about these things. It's all psychological. Understand? Great. Now to my point.
The "M" word. You know. . . marijuana. Now, I'm not a Cannabis historian, but from what I've gathered it's probable origin is believed to be somewhere around central Asia. Maybe even the area around Afghanistan and the Altai Mountains of southern Siberia. At any rate, it's place of origin is definately NOT Mexico, or Spain. So, why does the plant that we love carry with it a spanish/mexican name?
From the 1900's throught the 1930's Cannabis was widely referred to in America as "Indian Hemp". Then Harry J. Anslinger entered the picture in the early 30's as Head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and decided to change it's name to an obscure Mexican slang word. You guessed it, "marihuana". This was all done to disassociate the apple pie eatin', good ol' english speaking Ward and June Cleaver Americans from the wonderful plant formerly known as Indian Hemp, or Cannabis. Anslinger was no fool. He knew what was he was doing. He understand psychology and he used it well. He even played the race game in order to accomplish his goals. Anslinger was famous for his racist statements in his reports regarding the use of Cannabis. Such as: "There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others." Think that's bad? What about this: "Colored students at the Univ. of Minn. partying with (white) female students, smoking [marijuana] and getting their sympathy with stories of racial persecution. Result: pregnancy." Just imagine the impact that this man and his statements had on 1930's White America. His ignorance still abounds today in 2011. His labors are still bearing fruit.
Friends, for over 80 years, we've been propagating the "M" word and continuing Mr. Anslinger's, a racists, efforts at disassociating ourselves and others with Cannabis. Every time we use the "M" word, we reinforce the negative propaganda that labels a plant as dangerous, illegal, immoral, anti-american, and wrong. This is the same thing that Hollywood does in their movies, remember? That's why EDUCATION is vital to securing our freedom to use, cultivate, and enjoy, not marijuana, but Cannabis. It's time for change. It's time to get away from the Reefer Madness fear tactics of the 30's. It's time to reveal the tricks that's been fooling Americans and South Carolinians for over 80 years. It's time to give up the "M" word. ¿Comprende?