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highly discriminatory. The shift in forms of racial control began with the political rhetoric of ‘law and order’ that preceded the "war on drugs" but succeeding in representatives civil rights activists as the antithesis of order because of their civil disobedience in protesting for racial equality. Framing racial equality in opposition to law and order allowed for the logical leap to the racialized war on drugs a few years later. My thesis focuses on how the war on drugs was a backlash to civil rights, but also how the criminalization of race through draconian drug policies has led into their mass incarceration igniting the prisonindustrial complex.

Priscila D. Abraham is graduating May 2014 from New York University with a major in Latin American Studies and a minor in Social and Public Policy. She plans to work for a campaign throughout the summer and looks forward to working on Capitol Hill.

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Esferas—Issue Two  

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