Fantasy: The “War on Drugs” is great! No need for introspection or the need to question the motives and tactics of such an utterly complete failure of a policy. Everything is fine!
Reality: Much of what we know about the “War on Drugs” cemented itself throughout the 80s. President Ronald Reagan attempted to use this as a pretense to enact horrific polices, but also provide a fake facade of law and order. “Morning in America” became the theme, but for many Black and Brown people, it was a complete and utter nightmare. The “War on Drugs” became a “War on Black and Brown Communities”.