Jay Z Takes on the War on Drugs in a New York 'Times' Op-Ed Video

"The War on Drugs Is an Epic Fail"

Multimedia entrepreneur Jay Z and visual artist Molly Crabapple have combined talents on a short animated video called "The War on Drugs Is an Epic Fail." Scripted and narrated by Jay Z's alter ego, Shawn Carter, the animated Op-Ed was launched today by the New York Times.

Created in league with the Drug Policy Alliance,  "The War on Drugs Is an Epic Fail" takes less than four minutes to chronicle the history of U.S. drug prohibition and its segue toward an anticipated marijuana green rush.

The common thread throughout the narration? Black and brown people have been disproportionately penalized by United States drug policy and are being excluded from participating in the marijuana green rush.

None of these facts should be alien to habitual readers of this site, but the people affected by Jay Z's bullet points deserve amplification.

The New York Times has long been regarded as one of the most credible and widely cited news platforms in the U.S. And Jay Z is, of course, married to Beyoncé. So with the launch of "The War on Drugs Is an Epic Fail," the secret shame of America's drug policy takes one giant step closer to becoming common knowledge.