Witches. Homosexuals. Political dissidents. 'Promiscuous' females (includes rape victims). Heretics/atheists. Academics/intellectuals/teachers. Successful businessmen ('bourgeois'). Scientists and philosophers who dare to break new ground. Every type of ethnic minority. Every type of religious minority â¦and even an assortment of artificially created 'minority' groups like the Rwandan Tutsis. The history of mankind is absolutely riddled with senseless persecutions of those who happen to have the misfortune of being slightly different from the good, upstanding citizens of mainstream society. Thankfully, modern-day America has evolved and progressed above and beyond all that senseless oppressive nonsenseâ¦. Unless you happen to use prohibited drugs. If so, you're out of luck and now it's your turn in the barrel. Is there really any question that the imprisonment of harmless men and women by the hundreds of thousands for the 'criminal offense' of choosing to put prohibited substances in their own bodies (or helping others who wish to do so) will end up on the same history book page as all the other senseless persecutions listed above?