The War On Drugs
In the era of #BlackLivesMatter, prison reform, and larger awareness about mass incarceration, the War on Drugs — which has been waged since the 70s — is now well documented.
In Black Lightning, the aftermath of the green light experiments mirrors the real-life failings of the War on Drugs. People on green light, including a lot of young people, are treated as outcasts by their community and the police in Freeland. One character on green light is even killed by the police in episode one of season two, due to excessive force. Instead of rehabilitation and community support, drug users are treated with the heavy hand of the law.
Black Lightning and his family find themselves in the middle of this where they must find the best approach to a complicated problem.