Saigon Gives His Thoughts On The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010

Exclusive: During a break at A3C, Saigon sounded off on Congress' decision to change a law many felt was disproportionately affecting the black community.

For nearly three decades, federal laws mandated that a person found holding 500 grams of powder cocaine would face a five-year mandatory minimum; crack offenders would have to be in possession of only five grams to face the same sentence. Crack is cheaper to manufacture, and many who thought the law was racially biased pointed to an estimated 100-to-1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine convictions. In August of 2010, Congress enacted the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. The law was designed to reduce that disparity to an 18-to-1 ratio.

To say Hip Hop has a sordid history with crack cocaine would be a bit of an understatement to say the least. While there are plenty of tracks like N.W.A.’s “Express Yourself” and Public Enemy’s “Night of the Living Baseheads” that frown upon crack and the damage it does to families and communities, there are a plethora of offerings like “The 10 Crack Commandments” or “1-900-HUSTLER” that take a more flattering look at selling crack.

Rapper, philanthropist and occasional actor Saigon is in a unique perspective to comment on the law, as he is also a former inmate. During some downtime, at A3C, we spoke to Sai about The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, which went into effect November 1.

“The crack era is pretty much over,” Saigon noted. “The damage is done, but you want to change the laws now? Ain’t no more crackheads! Crack is the old drug, so that’s why they’re like, ‘Okay, everyone’s already in jail. We’ve fucked the whole black community up, so now we can change these laws back.’ They should have repealed that shit back in the 80’s when there was a crack epidemic and everything was fucked up.”

A report by the New York Times estimates that 1,800 people were eligible for immediate release Tuesday, when the law went into effect. Ten-year prison terms are now handed down for offenders carrying 280 grams or more, and the mandatory minimum sentence has been eliminated. Still, some experts agree with Saigon that the legislation will continue to impact a disproportionately high number of African Americans.

“We have a tendency to forget we’re black in America,” Saigon added. “People have this perception that they love us now. It wasn’t too long ago when we couldn’t even use the same fucking bathroom! My mother was alive when segregation was still legal, and she used to have to sit in the back of the bus. My mother couldn’t go to the same schools as some white people and get that fucked up education. So you’re telling me in only 50 years, that now they love us and everything’s great? Nah, they got us more fucked up now by saying, ‘Oh you’re free.’ But there’s nothing free in this country.”

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19 Comments

  • Anonymous

    saigon is spokesman for nothing but his own bum ass fraud of a career. 'philanthropist' of what?

  • Nico 3

    Of course you're free. Free to choose to sell drugs or not. Saigon, like many others with his limited intelligence, feel that the police and government should just leave them alone to basically do whatever they want, and if that constitutes selling drugs, fuck it. The laws are simple. If you're a repeat offender and get caught, your going to the big house.

    • Anonymous

      Nico 3 is one of the people who shows limited knowledge daily on this site. Best thing to do is shake you head in disgust at the comment and move on.

    • thought dog

      You missed the whole point...They setup laws that give crack offenders 10 times more harsh sentences than cocaine offenders. Crack was typically used/sold in black areas and privilaged whites typically sold/used cocaine when the laws were setup. Read more, type less Nico.

  • Anonymous

    Saigon Da' 58 IQ says whuh? Who made this retard the 'spokesman' for anything? Only thing he should be speaking on his 1) how NOT to get caught doing dumbass street crime 2) how NOT to sell more than 2000 copies of any mediocre record, no matter how hyped 3) how NOT to get some road 'ho pregnant and thus ruin your life paying child support your bum-ass can't afford

    • Anonymous

      ANOTHER GOSSIPING LITTLE BITCH. WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH THE LAWS BEING UNFAIR, AND PEOPLE COMING COME AFTER SERVING WAY TOO MUCH TIME? MINOR INFRACTIONS? POSSESSION AND INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS FCUKBOI.

    • killz

      WHO made YOU a biotch? sittin behind a keyboard pickin at people who's doing sumthin

  • Swordz

    This guy is a mess - there is many things wrong with this bullshit PR. Go away you little cunt.

  • Anonymous

    LOL "philanthropist"-- this asshole can barely pay his own bills and CHILD SUPPORT (way to go, dad), and he's a "philanthropist."

  • Anonymous

    What "Philanthropist"? How much money has this coon gave away and where precisely did he get it? Or does he count rapping about his "gangster nut" as charity? If this retard is the best advocate for racial/legal justice hip-hop can dig up then ya'll are truly, truly fucked.

  • Anonymous

    Is it because the mere fact that everything else in America is fucked up. Diverting attention from all these other shooking manifestations.

  • Anonymous

    I meant to say, "won't go to jail" lol. But, Saigon need to be trying to tell the kids to just stop breaking the damn law.

  • Anonymous

    Fuck the dumb shit. If you don't break the law, then you want go to jail. I let my car sit in my driveway and took the bus for 3 months, because I didn't have insurance, valid license, registration nor inspection sticker. I see so many get locked up for dumb shit like that and on top of that, they riding with a blunt at the same time. The world don't owe you nothing and I just figured that shit out last year. Swallow your pride and do right.

    • Anonymous

      OK Johnny be good. But your dumbass skipped the part where the sentences were UNFAIR, not unjust, and Saigon, LIKE MANY OTHERS, are saying too little, too late.

  • Devin Williams

    isnt 18-1 still bad?

  • Anonymous

    Saigon >>>>> does officer ricky still think he was the biggest coke dealer in miami

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