Excluded from the Boy Scouts, stopped regularly by the police, and feared by much of the LA population, they felt alienated from the rest of the world. However, the gang was supportive and like-minded, giving them a home in the racist, angry world. Though the first gang was created for a sense of family, later gangs formed out of obligation and a need for protection. People rarely left their ten block radius, lest they be found in another gang’s territory.
Perez adds that since 1991 to 1998 crime actually decreased in California by 36%, but the media coverage rose 400% to depict the communities as lawless and dangerous. Many laws and propositions have passed that encourage minority young to be imprisoned as adults for crimes that were committed as minors. Aside from the laws, the movie did not do a good job at illustrating relations with the police. Police are seen as aggressive enemies in these communities. They make life a lot harder than it needs to be.
African Americans have been struggling and fighting hate crimes since the 1860s after the Emancipation Proclamation and continue to do so today with the black lives matter and the fight against police brutality and unfair judgement. “More than fifty out of every one million black citizens was the victim of a racially motivated hate crime in 2012,” (Sreenivasan). Hispanics are also causalities in this never-ending battle of hate crime. Between 2003 and 2007 the number of cases of hate crimes jumped by 40%. Several stories and accounts of this is because of the accusation that “[the Mexicans] are taking our jobs” and “are causing
Many things may result from joining a gang such as trouble with the law, physical and mental injury, drug and/or alcohol addiction and the fight of getting out. One of the biggest and most popular results of joining a gang is the amount of criminal activities a person becomes involved in. For some gang members it is not a drastic change in the amount of criminal activity they are involved in but for others they may commit their first crime when joining a gang. Gang members commit more criminal acts than the general population but, many gang members report considerable involvement in crime before joining gangs. That's where it becomes hard to tell if its an impact or just the way that the people with tendencies to join gangs act, are there higher rates of offending because of the gang or because people who join gangs are predisposed to crime?
Police brutality and racial profiling has always been a conflicting, and a long debated problem. The number of African-American males being killed or the number of African-American males facing excessive force by the law enforcement because of their skin color is rapidly growing throughout the years. Especially after the recent events that took many lives of young African-American people in the last couple of years in the United States, approximately 920 in 2015 alone, this became a very popular issue again, and caused unrest throughout the entire world. The chance of a black unarmed male getting killed is more than twice compared to a white individual. There had been many attempts to answer this problem, however it is still not solved.
“Many college student activists sacrificed or postponed their formal education”. (Youth Civil Rights Movement) Samuel Younge Jr., Jackie Robinson, and Ramsey Clark are famous civil rights activists because of their courage and bold actions during the Civil Rights Movement. Samuel Younge Jr. was one of the brave young civil rights activist who gave his life striving toward civil rights. As Samuel was trying to use an all whites bathroom in Macon County, Alabama, on January 3, 1966, Younge was shot to death. “Younge was killed eleven years after and forty miles from where the Montgomery bus boycott began.”
According to FBI director James Comey, officers in our nation cities sometimes work in an environment where most crimes are committed by young black, after time this causes them to see a young and associate him with crime when they would not do the same for a similar young white man (para.23). It causes young black men to be targeted by the police and incarcerated disproportionate amounts compared to the overall population in the U.S. In a study done by the Bureau of Justice Statistics(2008) it showed that black males over 18 account for 36% of the prison population and five percent of the college population(p.17). In cities where most crime is done by young black males they are likely to be racially profiled and stopped by
Racial profiling is mainly used by law enforcement officials as a way to knit out who their criminal suspects could be. Racial profiling is not benefitting anyone and has affected many people. Racial profiling has affected many lives for many years, especially people of color because law enforcement officials have often arrested, interrogated on the wrong person because of Racial Profiling. It is believed that the Racial Profiling is mainly towards the African American and the Muslim religion. Racial profiling became very high and important to do ever since September 9, 2001 because of the attacks on the World Trade Center.
Racism has played a tremendous part in the history of the United States and is still a common problem in today’s society. Even though many races have endured racial discrimination, African Americans have experienced by far the worst forms of discrimination and hatred towards them. In the early 1920s, a wave of violent racial conflicts against African Americans began to emerge and was known as one of the most socially violent times of American history. During this time period, African Americans had to withstand Jim Crow laws, race riots, and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan. (Lecture Notes) Twenty years prior to the existence of Jim Crow laws, African American men were granted “full citizenship and equality” under the fourteenth amendment.
The study also uncovers how the street gang violence have an effect on schools, the interviews show that in western cape most of the learners in their schools are in gangsterism in the community and when the gangs are fighting with each other (Clinard and Meier, 2011). So the learners who are also gangsters come to school not with the purpose of causing chaos but to learn. However, with the fights happening on the street the learners is forced to shift focus from learning progress to fighting for his or her life as the other members of the opposing group who are not learners might arrive anytime to attach him or her. These fight do not only disturb learners that are members of gang but the violence that take place between two opposing gang groups affect the entire schools, put the lives of learners at schools at risk of being stabbed or killed, increases the rate of any form of violence (Doerner and Lab,
When I think of illegal immigrants, I think of middle-aged people crossing over a big fence to enter the drug cartel in the United States. This picture is wrong. When thinking of this, I am picturing one person with one story, when really there are hundreds of thousands of different stories. Like the boys in the book, there are tons of kids who cross over with their parents and they don’t even remember the event when they get older. Similar to Lorenzo, Oscar, Luis, and Christian, many children have been in America for as long as they can remember and it is home to them.
Thesis statement Youth form many marginalized communities in many cases face many encounters with the police men. This is mainly because they are usually associated with criminals in many instances. The conflict theory that relates to these marginalized youths in the community relates to illegal behavior as well. As a result, there are studies mainly done for the purpose of comparing the interactions with students who stay at school with those who reside in shelters.
**.’ It all seemed like a regular part of life growing up in the Bronx. “It seemed like everyone from the barbers, mechanics… felt the same way: black and white people were different, and life would always be a harder struggle because you were black” (18). This quote shows that Jamal experienced systemic racism at a younger age. He knows about it
Community organizing doesn’t seem like an accessible task to undertake, but Saul Alinsky made his movements seem effortless and possible for the common person to initiate. One of his tactics that I truly admired was his ability to blend in with the crowd. Alinsky grew up in the an underprivileged neighborhood and was fortunate to finish his graduate degree in criminal justice. All his graduate research was valuable, but his real education came from his work with the mob in the streets known as “back of the yards”. His tactic was to ingratiate leaders on the streets because they would know more about the habitat than he would.