How well Wes Moore describes the culture of the streets, and particularly disenfranchised adolescents that resort to violence, is extraordinary considering the unbiased perspective Moore gives. Amid Moore’s book one primary theme is street culture. Particularly Moore describes the street culture in two cities, which are Baltimore and the Bronx. In Baltimore city the climate and atmosphere, of high dropout rates, high unemployment and poor public infrastructure creates a perfect trifecta for gang violence to occur. Due to what was stated above, lower income adolescent residents in Baltimore are forced to resort to crime and drugs as a scapegoat of their missed opportunities.
Credibility: While living in one of Chicago’s most known gentrified areas, Lincoln Park, and taking a Latino class at DePaul University I was able to learn about the history of the neighborhood. I learned about the battle low-income Puerto Rican families lost when trying to keep their homes in Lincoln Park. Yes, you heard correctly, Lincoln Park was a Puerto Rican neighborhood. IIII. Preview: In this speech, I will begin by explaining what gentrification is along with a short background on the Lincoln Park gentrification, then I will proceed to explain how the families in these areas fought for their homes, and finally I will be discussing the gentrification that is affecting citizens of Chicago today.
Based on most local and national news stations, minorities are targeted for small crime offenses while majorities are literally blowing up the country. It is understood that the police could more effectively fight crime by targeting minor offenses (Hinkle 1). Those minor offenses are more likely done by minorities but more specifically Black Males. Raja Staggers-Hakim’s article argues the needs of Black male youth, relative to police killings, are captured, and persistent racial stereotypes that are often used to justify the extra judicial killings of unarmed African American boys and young men are challenged. His argument understands the social epidemic of police killings on the emotional and psychological well-being of Black males to put an end to police killings.
Physiological Prison, a Hood Mentality The mindset in the Black Urban Community, also referred to as the “Hood” is one that is delusional where criminal actions are acceptable and bettering oneself is looked down upon. I have witnessed personally the lifestyle of those in the hood and selfish/selfless mentality they possess. While doing my research I came across a video documentary of the everyday life in the Black Urban Community. The video shed light on the thought process that those that live in these communities and how this process becomes a cycle that is on repeat generation after generation. The title of the film is “Snow on the Bluff”.
Anderson discussed the Code of the Street as it pertains to inter-city morality, assessing that these attitudes either fall in the categories of decent or violent (Duncan, pg. 111). The “Code of the Street” is what Anderson would classify as the violent and is used as the law of the street that governs the community behavior particularly interpersonal violence and aggression. In the areas that fall into the arena of “Street Code” opportunities are limited due to the social isolation and economic oppression of these communities (Duncan, pg. 112).
The environmental stress is when parents condone delinquent behavior and neighborhoods are also unstable giving rise to gang recruitment and conflict. (Alder, Laufer, & Mueller, 2013, p. 144). However, evidence shows that gang behavior is more widespread than confined to the lower-class neighborhoods and is often supervised and controlled by adult organized crime where gang leader operate both legal and illegal businesses (Alder, Laufer, & Mueller, 2013, p. 144). Therefore, researchers use the subculture theory of violence to explain criminal behavior. This theory recognizes that fact that subcultures are an influence, but suggest these subcultures do not view antisocial behavior negatively and pass these values down to other
What is “stop snitching?” According to Woldoff & Weiss (2010), the movement of ‘stop-snitching campaign’ started in the early 1990s which resulted in ‘stop-snitching’ culture. The ‘stop-snitching phenomenal is also referred to the ‘code of silence,’ which demonstrated in street culture especially among street criminals. The act of snitching has conventionally been connected with police informants — but since the early 1990s it has moved into a cultural phenomenon implanted within the code of the street. Regardless of the utilization of the term, some academics have connected attitudes in Black populations toward collaborating with law enforcement in the past to misuse African American informants to control slaves and locate civic right leaders.
But out of fear that he would be like his father, he started becoming very irresponsible and did things without thinking. He was feared by many and loved by many as well which made him become a very respected member in his tribe. Eventually he could not stand watching his village change its morals and become modernized so he took his own life. His eagerness to stay original and fear of change become his own demise. If it were not for Umuofia 's geography, I believe that this story
Some would say “Life on the road is suited for everyone”, others such as for myself, would disagree. Life on the road is not suited for everyone, because not everyone can throw away their normal life and go on the road or the wilderness and survive like Chris McCandless. Some would think, Chris McCandless, was on a suicide mission but he was only following his dreams and he actually did, unlike many people. Chris McCandless inspired so many people to move out, leave their old lives, and have a fresh start at their life. Chris McCandless was a independent person and he was trying to get away from civilization because he felt like he never fit into it.
Fixing Broken Windows is the analysis and elaboration on methods of crime prevention offered originally in an article by crime consultant George L. Kelling and James Q. Wilson in the 1982 article, “The Police and Neighborhood Safety” published in The Atlantic. In this article, the analogy of the “broken window” was used, where a broken window is really mearly a symbol of disorder in a community that fosters an environment that leads to more criminal behavior. The book itself elaborates on the “broken window” theory, not only leading into an explanation on the progression of the disorder in a “rundown” society but also explaining how the very disorder itself is often underestimates as a source of problems for a society. Misdamernors such as
The author expands his explanations with various sociological theories. Moreover, he discusses why the poor urban areas attract police officers to patrol them more often. The content of certain chapters is used in sociological and political explanations of police brutality. Holmes, M. D., & Smith, B. W. (2008). Race and police brutality: Roots of an urban dilemma.
He later joined the Job Corps, but later realized he could not make the money like he did in the drug business. On page 144, Wes was passing the streets remaining him of his past, “But the main reason he avoided the streets was that he felt they had nothing for him. He had changed. At least he wanted to believe that.” Wes later made the decision to take the risk to sell drugs for a living. 2) Both environments played a huge role into their personalities and their stories.
He mentions that some young men sell drugs because they have no choice and nothing to lose in society. He acknowledge that choice is immoral. However, the resources available to the young men are limited. He states that “the creative social and cultural capital that the boys developed in response to being prevented from acquiring capital to succeed in mainstream institutions” (Rios:98). Moreover, he argues that the punishments meted out by the criminal justice system usually fail to support rehabilitation and social reintegration.
Racial profiling relates to having an ascribed status because they were born into a life of poverty and crime. Cops and others see people that live in section 8 housing as being below a standard that they are accustom to. In most cases people that come from a poor upbringing tend to move up on the social spectrum which is called achieved status, in fact those some people who lived in cop infested areas are now becoming doctors, lawyers and etc. Racial profiling violates the 4th amendment which stops unreasonable search and seizures without having a warrant from a court. A functionalist studies society as a whole and with racial profiling in New York and other cities it causes a big dilemma.