Urban Gangs Can you picture a nine year old boy in trouble for something his homeboy said would be for the cause? This young boy was on the Shelby county news 6 months ago, and charged with manslaughter of a pregnant mother. The circumstances surrounding the murder was the boy broke in to her house and she stood up to him so he shot her with his five seven pistol. Do you see this sort of thing happening in your own world? Typically not, when we think of gangs in urban areas we do not usually associate ourselves as being affected or being associated. Gangs have been in the United States since the early 1800’s whereas they once were typically blood related family taking care of the need of one another, to becoming mindless, rampant puppets who have become radical and publically violent, who are discarded depending on ranks and profit. Paul Grenada says in back to the bad old days, “We see bodies lying in the streets. Blood leaving stains on the pavement. And kids standing around, looking at another lost friend and the vibe that it will not end until someone else is put in the ground. That is a scary thing to feel from people who haven't even finished puberty yet.” Thought gangs are destroying the urban youth of tomorrow they do however provide fellow associates the sense of a family, a brotherhood if you will. Gangs take boys with broken homes and no hope poverty and give them a family, a family that at least gives them some kind of identity where without it they are just broken and lonely. According to Rob White author of "Indigenous youth and gangs as family" states that the gang performs a family-like role for gang members, regardless of specific social composition, particularly when it comes to material support. emotional refuge, psychological wellbeing, physical protection and social belonging With this the points focused on in my speech will adequately cover why gangs are a problem in the United States, Different types of gangs, and why youth turn to gang life. Gangs have become a major issue in the United States for many reasons. One major reason is the unaware presence that they have among the middle class community. The middle class suburbs are for the most parts are unaware of the presence of gangs in their community. Elizabeth H. McConnell states “of 193 middle class high school students shows that 20% of them are active gang members and 75% of the rest know gangsters personally and are aware of the nature and existence of gangs in their locality. Most students of both sexes mingle socially with gangsters, and are a reliable source of information on the nature and presence of gangs in their neighborhood.”(256+). Now this statistic I believe is significantly true, but that is my opinion, because we are all aware of gangs in our school, but do we really understand to what degree. If out of 193 20 percent are in gangs then that means 36.6 people out of 193 are affiliated with gangs, but then that mean 135.1 associate with these gang members. That is a staggering statistic in the middle class community. In the area gangs are present they set up trap houses which serve as a dope running house where people can buy whichever drug they are looking for. The issue with their trap houses is that they become hot towards the police, who start to watch the house. Also with trap houses comes a sketch life that may involve the shooting of another, depending on the sketchiness of the situation. Many things go on between gangs but, Aaron Wildavsky states “American examples: murder, rape, arson, robbery, illegitimacy, muggings, drug abuse” All gangs have a label. The label is how they get their identity. For the nine year old in the intro he belonged to a gang with the name Piru which is affiliated with Blood. There have been different types of gangs since way back from mafias, clans, and biker gangs. The new trend that has exploded into the streets of America is disorganized street gangs. Crips, bloods, vice lords, gangster…
Immigration’s benefits and impacts in the US economy
Immigration is a subject that touches Americans deeply, for understandable reasons. America is a nation peopled almost exclusively by immigrants or those who are descended from immigrants (Griswold, D.T, 2012). Moreover, in the Revista Academica del Cisan Unam (2011), White, K.M (2011) stated that “The United States has always been a nation of immigrants, and immigration policy has always been controversial. The history of immigration in the…
April 12, 2015
Origins of the Urban Crisis Review
Thomas J. Sugrue is the author of the book, The Origins of the Urban Crisis. From the title of the book you understand that Sugrue makes an effort to explain what exactly caused the Urban Crisis that exists in U.S. cities. Sugrue writes specifically about the city of Detroit and how it went from, ”the Arsenal of democracy,” to no man’s land. (Sugrue, location 1282). So what is Sugrue’s Answer? His thesis is that the economic…
Gangs in America
An Annotated Bibliography
December 2, 2014
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Gang as defined by Merriam-Webster is a group of criminals. In modern day America, gangs have transcended this rudimentary definition of them and have evolved into vast criminal enterprises. Gang emergence throughout American history has largely been fueled by both immigration and poverty, a way for culture groups in specific regions to unite against the oppressive majority that…
he topic of youth gangs has emerged as a major issue of serious concern in many communities in Canada, especially for the law enforcement community. Available empirical evidence indicates that youth gangs exist in almost every continent, mostly in urban areas, but increasingly also in other areas. This paper reviews the research literature available in print and published on the Internet.
Due to the diversity of gang phenomena, no universally accepted definition of youth gang exists in the research…
Youth Gang Violence
Each year, gang-related conflict leads to numerous, preventable deaths of young people in some of the largest U.S. cities. However, there aren’t many surveillance systems that collect the kind of detailed data researchers need, in order to better understand what gang homicide prevention efforts would work best. In today’s society there has been a rise…
Vol. 11, No. 3, 2014
Impact of Perceived Brand Name Origin on
Fashion Brand’s Perceived Luxury
Zoran Krupka, Durdana Ozretic-Dosen, Jozo Previsic
Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb
J. F. Kennedy Square 6, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
E-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to investigate the impact of perceived brand name origin
and perceived country of origin (COO) on fashion brand’s perceived luxury. Results…
discussion groups devoted to the perpetuation and analysis of a particular type of oral folklore – urban legends – and the cultural signiﬁcance of their existence in the online realm. As mediated human communication becomes more and more non-linear, decentralized, and rooted in multimedia, the distinction between orality and literacy becomes less evident and less important. The proliferation of urban legends online demonstrates the idea that cyberspace can serve as a locus for a primary oral culture…
What Should Be Done About
Gang Violence In Society?
Many people in our society do not think that anything bad will ever happen to them. These people always hear about the issues and problems that are in the world today, but never think they will take place close to home. Gang violence is a major problem in our society today that takes place in many different areas of the world. If nothing is done soon, gang violence could take place in our neighborhoods.
Gang violence is a big problem in…
Youth gangs in North American society are nothing new. When we turn on the news we often hear stories of misguided youth contributing to yet another gang related crime. Even though it is known that youth crimes are overrepresented in the media today, the subject of youth gang activity is quite a predicament to our society. Over the last few years, there has been a moral panic created by constant exposure to the media which portrays a great amount of youth crimes and violence. In Canada there…
The cultural impacts of tourism on the host communities
The impact that tourism has on the cultural lives of communities is one of the most important issues debated by tourism researchers and academics today. There is an increasingly growing concern that tourism development is leading to destinations losing their cultural identity by catering for the perceived needs of tourists.
Although they take longer to appear, the cultural consequences of tourist activity have the potential to be much…