(lo c wacquant) deadly symbiosis - when ghetto and prison meet and mesh (may 14th, 2014) The resulting symbiosis between ghetto and prison not only perpetuates the socioeconomic marginality and symbolic taint of the black subproletariat, feeding the runaway growth of the carceral system. 8 5), and this rising racial disproportionality" can be traced directly to a single federal policy, namely, the war on drugs launched by ronald reagan and expanded by the administrations of george bush and william jefferson clinton. What remains in dispute are the causes and mechanisms driving this sudden blackening" which has turned the carceral system into one of a few national institutions dominated by african. Americans, alongside professional sports and selected sectors of the entertainment industry. Americans, on the one hand" and to demarcate and ultimately seclude them so that they wouldn"t contaminate the surrounding white society that viewed them as as irrevocably inferior and vile because devoid of ethnic honour.