real story, and personally I believe that, it is this element that had made the book easy and
To what extent is the novel believable? Are there any parts that are difficult to believe which and why?
where it is a norm to be in a gang and leadership in a gang.
The persona of the Robber Queen becomes both an agency of empowerment and an act of resistance for Tan-Tan. She carries her unborn child while meting out vigilante justice in the guise of the Robber Queen consequently bringing about a subtle transformation in the social fabric of New Half-Way Tree. “Resorting to maroon-like living in
If you were ever approached by someone that you know or don’t know and they were recruiting people into their gang, all you have to simply do is just decline their request or just simply walk away. Joining a gang can lead into some serious side effects throughout your entire life. Living in this certain lifestyle can give you a higher chance of you, your family, or one of your friends, getting shot by another person. This can also lead you to go to
Leaders such as Mrs. Bailey and J.T show how those in authorities misuse their position and promote drug abuse, sexual intrigue and violence. For instance, Mrs. Bailey could pay young men to have sex with her (Venkatesh, 2009. C- Note is used to as an example of how the hustlers struggle with life as he does different types of jobs so as to earn some dollars for life. The author also shows how the police department is corrupt and how they are violent themselves instead of helping fight violence. This means that there are no appropriate measures in place to curb drug trafficking, crime and violence. He documents various incidents in which the police rob the citizens. For instance, where a police gang in which Officer Terry was involved, rob a CHA home. He himself was a victim of this violent crime when he was with JT. The head of the neighboring Girls and Boys club is also used to show the real image of the Chicago police. Autry convinces Sudhir not to write about the police although it is a gang just as Black Kings, the one led by JT, as the police had power and could put anyone in jail. The police also controlled the how openly the gang could operate and where (Venkatesh,
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the gang makes up less than 0.1% of the prison population, but it is responsible for up to 30% of murders in the federal prison system. With no known founder, the Aryan Brotherhood started in 1967 in San Quentin State Facility. Some of their identifiers are the Shamrock clover leaf, Swastikas, double lightning bolts and the number 666. Unlike the BGF, they have an active working relationship with The Mexican Mafia, therefore making La Nuestra Familia part of the opposing team. Since they are a white supremacist prison gang, they have a hate towards the BGF, Crips and the Bloods. Part of the recruitment/initiation process is that they have to be white, have a lifelong allegiance towards the Aryan Brotherhood and an oath of “Blood in, blood out” must be taken. Meaning, in order to become part of the gang they must conduct a “hit” on a rival gang member and to leave they must kill or be killed. The Aryan Brotherhood is a completely different organization from the Texas Aryan Brotherhood. The Texas Aryan Brotherhood is comprised of members who were not accepted into the Aryan Brotherhood. According to the aforementioned article about Americas 11 most powerful prison gangs, they state, “The gang's income comes from distributing cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine within the prison systems and on the street.” It is also known that when a member gets released from prison they are to continue to put in work for the Aryan
These gangs are born, bred, and fed in deviance. Many of their original mottos reference freedom from societal bounds. Furthermore to be defined as an OMG means to not be a part
Gangs have been a part of the United States culture since the beginning of our nation. They are an organized group of criminals who defend their turf and mark the streets and territory with graffiti (Stark 15). Most gang members wear color bandanas in order to represent their gang and to create an identity. Today, gang violence is a huge problem in America because it creates homicides and violence crimes. There is also a problem regarding the reason why young people join gangs. The best four articles that provide facts, statistics, agreements, and opinions are: “Why Do Kids Join Criminal Street Gangs?” by JoAnn Moore, “FBI report: Gang membership spikes” by Terry Frieden, “Youth Gang Violence is America’s Problem”
But what is really known about American youth gangs? And how do you go about defining it? The following are elements to define what gang is and consist of. First the gang must have more than two members. The gang members usually fall around the age of 12 to 24. They must also share some form of identity. This can range from name of the gang to the symbols or colors of the game. They usually also have a geographical area or turf. And lastly but not least they have to have involvement in criminal activity as a central element of youth
Various members in a gang are quite young. Seventy-one percent of gang members are between the ages fifteen through twenty-four (“Gang Survey”). These people are either still in high school or should be going to college, but instead are in something
For example, there are five keys to gang leadership that are the same for small business owners: “stay true to the vision, get a mentor, learn humility, assessment of people, and train your employees”. Andre Norman, a former prison gang leader, is now a business owner and used the above characteristics in both situations. Law enforcement’s standard approach to gang leaders is a combined effort from state, local, and federal to control and reduce gang activity. Preventing gang leaders starts when they first go to school, where programs are integrated into school curriculums, especially with after-school activities. However, if the potential gang leader realizes his/her position, law enforcement, through gang task forces, uses force to remove him/her from his/her position. Also, an immense portion of law enforcement’s plan is to create snitches within the gang and receive an abundance of information. The most successful way to deter gang leaders is to prevent them from ever becoming one. Whether law enforcement emphasizes that is another question. However, they do emphasize gang task forces that remove gang leadership after they come about. In this case, they hope to accomplish the removal of the entire gang, using the phrase “if you cut off the head of the snake, it dies”. Gang leaders are perceptive and slithery, making it near impossible for law
All members of a gang have a common purpose and belief. After all, they all strive for survival. There are many reasons an individual may join a gang this includes, peer pressure to which they are forced to join, single or poor parenting as well as poverty. When in gangs persons now live a life of crime where they are involved in activities such as drugs, theft, extortion and murder. All along society has been and continues to be a victim of crime in various ways.
There are various factors as to why one would want to join a gang. One of the most motivating factors is for protection. Individuals may join a gang for protection against rival gang members; they may have family in a gang and could be perceived by others as a gang member and want protection. Non-gang members or young kids may feel the pressure of having to stand up for themselves and seek out gangs and gang recruitment. According to Maslow, people are motivated to achieve certain needs and once those needs are fulfilled they go on to the next one. The gang serves, as a fulfillment for its members needs by giving them a sense of security. Its members also feel a sense of belongingness by being part of a gang and that may motivate individuals
The story itself does not stand up to its own possibility. Whenever I picked it up I found myself intrigued by it but I never thought to read it except for an obligation to finish it. My enthusiasm wavered as I went on and that is never a good sign. I ended up skimming the final conflict because by that point I just did not care anymore. I have never read Liz Braswell before, so I have no idea is this is me not liking the book or me not caring for her writing. It 's hard to tell unless I tried to read something else by her.