In discussing the prison cycle, Foucault writes, "Although it is true that prison punishes delinquency, delinquency is for the most part produced in and by an incarceration which, ultimately prison perpetuates in its turn."
The rates of black male imprisonment has become so high, that it seems like the prisons are producing black males. The prevalence of black male criminals and black males in jail perpetuates ideas of what a criminal should look like. Thus, recycled perceptions of the black male as aggressive dangerous, and criminal. Tea Party member, Al Reynolds made this perception quite clear in his remark in October that, "Minority men find it more lucrative to be able to do drugs or other avenues rather than do education. It’s easier.” Sadly, such racialized remarks as these are dominating representations of black men (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/26/al-reynolds-tea-party-can_n_774432.html).
Foucault says, "The prison is merely the natural consequence, no more than a higher degree, of that hierarchy laid down step by step. The delinquent is an institutional product."
The prison is a natural consequence for social hierarchy and the disadvantaged state of the black male. He is disadvantaged in both education and the work force. He is more likely to be poor. All of these factors increase his likelihood of ending up in prison.
The notions of institutions of "repression, rejection, exclusion, marginalization" are all tangible effects of the carceral system on black males.
Thankfully, positive steps have been made to reduce the disproportionate and at times, unfair imprisonment of black males. Before the passing of a recent bill for example, blacks caught with crack received heavier sentences than whites caught cocaine, the same substance