When I conduct an Internet search for Harry J. Anslinger quotes I am overwhelmed by the vast number of unreferenced racist statements attributed to the man. Typically the better a quote sounds, the less likely it is to have a reference attached, suggesting a majority of the statements in question are actually fabrications. With so many people accusing Anslinger of being a racist, you would thinks someone would have evidence to back up all the accusations. Attention authors, If you can not provide a reference, than its not a quote! Therefore, I am trying to locate a few quotes attributed to Anslinger, but I am not having much luck. Can someone provide me with a reference lead for any of the following statements attributed to Harry Anslinger? I prefer primary references, but will except a secondary ones. So many quotes, so little time…

I believe Anslinger was a racist, but I am not willing to address his 1934 memo describing an informant as a “ginger-colored nigger”. I feel many authors resort to using the memo when they can’t find a racially charged quote with a good reference.

Most of the seemingly traceable Anslinger statements, which could be construed as  racist, appear to be coming from his personal papers donated to Pen State. Very disappointing that no one has stepped forward with a reference regarding some sort of raciest statement made in public by Anslinger. However, I am still interested in finding someone who is planning to visit Pen State University to have them search for the Anslinger quotes in question.

A referece ”discussion”  is also going on behind Harry Anslingers Wiki Quotes page at:
http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Harry_J._Anslinger
http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Talk:Harry_J._Anslinger

 

Quotes Attributed to Anslinger

  

“..the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.”……(If this proves to be a real quote it would be one of the best Anslinger statements I have ever seen. I am especially interested in locating this one.)

“Marihuana influences Negroes to look at white people in the eye, step on white men’s shadows and look at a white woman twice.”…….Hearst newspaper 1935

“Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”…… 1929?

“Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.”

“Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.”…….1937 Marihuana Tax Act? (Did not find this quote in Tax Act hearings)

“Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing.”…….1948?

“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.”……A Wiki Quote author referenced two sources for this quote, the first one being “Legalizing Marijuana, Drug Policy Reform and Prohibition Politics, by Rudolph J.Gerber, 2004, p. 9. The text before the quote states: “The 1937 Tax Act hearings conflated more so with anecdotes than with objective research. Here is a sample of Anslinger’s testimony:”. However, instead of referencing the Tax Act proceedings, the quote is followed by #33 that wrongfully and inadequately references one of Anslingers Pen State boxes stating “33. “Marijuana Users-Musicians, 1933-1937,” AP, box 9, and text at p. 12.” I question this reference because of the bad tax act atribation and the fact that Mr. Gerber only identified a box and not the file. The second Wiki Quote references “Hawking Hits on the Information Highway: The Challenges of Online Drug Sales for Law Enforcement, by Laura L. Finley, 2008, p. 28.” which identifies the source as “O’Connor, T. (2006). A History of the War on Drugs” retrieved from www.faculty.ncwc.edu/t_oconnor. DEAD END LINK……Does anyone have another reference for this quote attributed to Anslinger?

“Colored students at the Univ. of Minn. partying with female students (white) smoking [marijuana] and getting their sympathy with stories of racial persecution. Result pregnancy.” (quote attributed to Anslinger, from The Protectors, Harry J. Anslinger and the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, 1930-1962, by John C. McWilliams, quote page 53, McWilliams cites ”13. “Arrest and Conviction” AP, box 8, file 10.” Located in Anslinger personnel files donated to Pen State University)

“ Two Negroes took a girl fourteen years old and kept her for two days in a hut under the influence of marihuana. Upon recovery she was found to be “suffering from” syphilis.” (quote attributed to Anslinger, from The Protectors, Harry J. Anslinger and the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, 1930-1962, by John C. McWilliams, quote page 53, McWilliams cites ”13. “Arrest and Conviction” AP, box 8, file 10.” Located in Anslinger personnel files donated to Pen State University)

“Take all of the good in Dr. Jekyll and the worst in Mr. Hyde-the result is opium. This is not so with marihuana. Its importance in the Pharmacopoeia is not intrinsically indispensable. Marihuana may be considered more harmful in its potentialities for evil than its limited advantages for medical or commercial purposes. It is Mr. Hyde alone.” (quote attributed to Anslinger, from The Protectors, Harry J. Anslinger and the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, 1930-1962, by John C. McWilliams, quote page 53, McWilliams cites ”10. Speech made at the Women’s National Exposition of Arts and Industry, March 1935, AP, box 1, file “Speeches by Harry Anslinger, 1930-1938.” Located in Anslinger personnel files donated to Pen State University.)

  

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3 comments until now

  1. having the same problem -.-

  2. mikeholifield

    I;ve been conducting research on the very same thing for a documentary film I am producing. What I’ve come up with: 1) many of the Hearst publications can’t be verified, 2) it would appear that the “quotes” in question are people paraphrasing Anslinger’s statements. For example, the quote listed above about the black students at the University of Minn. is what probably what later became “marijuana makes black men wanna rape white women.”

  3. Christina

    I just went through all the documents attributed to him on drug library.org, which includes his congressional testimony re. the Tax Act. I couldn’t find any of these quotes, and in fact the word “negroes” only showed up twice: once in a bibliographic reference, and once in reference to the source of the term “mooter.” Please let me know if you do find the sources–if they actually exist.

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