Rise in Crime / Change in Way FBI Kept Statistics / Rise in Unemployment / Rise in Baby Boom Generation (spike in male population ages 15 - 24).
Statistics not differentiated by race, though inaccurately correlated as a picture of lawlessness in the black community.
Images cultivated impressions of a culture of fear. Exasperated tensions between races.
Fueled activities of Republican party, known as the Southern Strategy, cultivated by Nixon administration.
Continued personification of minorities (primarily blacks) as lawless drug users who threatened the safety of everyone.
Reagan's tough on crime mantle and racially coded rhetoric is accompanied by images of black people as predators needing to be controlled. Exaggerated representations of drug problem, emergence of crack usage and its prevalence in black community raises inaccurate impression of relationship between crime and welfare. Massive funding committed to drug war and prison development.
Federal and state courts enabled to deny all or selected federal benefits for drug trafficking or possession convictions such as student loans, housing benefits, food stamps and others.