In the United States, every year there are around 2,000 gang-related homicides and in the realistic fiction novel, The Outsiders, by S. E. Hinton, it explores the issues of gang violence, and teenagers in gangs. Around 40% of all members in gangs are teenagers who are getting involved in some dangerous experiences early in life. In the novel, The Outsiders, the “Greasers”, which is a gang of all teenagers, fight other gangs and commit serious crimes such as assault. With help, society can pinpoint why teenagers join gangs and stop them beforehand. In addition, people also need to help others leave gangs if they are already in one.
Teen Gangs “Reports show that gangs are present in every state in the US, where in 1970 they existed in less than half of all states” (Lohmann). Teen gangs are started around the ages of 14 and 15. When teenagers get into a gang, he or she usually gets into the gang to make themselves look resilient or try to blend in, in account of problems at home or simply if one does not feel loved. Teen gangs are becoming a problem in the United States and the effects of these gangs are unnecessary youth deaths, alcohol and drug abuse, in addition to young teenage boys becoming another statistic in today’s society. Teen gangs are dangerous for teens owing to the fact, as it is an easy way for one to get on an inauspicious path to life.
From his parents, he barely gained the warmth of being in a complete family. As Ponyboy said, “His father was always beating him up, and his mother ignored him, except when she was hacked off at something, and then you could hear her yelling at him clearly down at our house. He hates that worse than getting whipped…If it hadn’t been for the gang, Johnny would never have known what love and affection are” (Hinton P.12), we can clearly known that Johnny’s parents were extraordinarily violent to Johnny. Due to the charac- teristic of Johnny’s father, the hereditary gene of violence affected fixed some of Johnny’s personal- ity. Also, Johnny was only the one who serves as a vent to his parents’ anger.
He portrays gang violence more than anything. He constantly harrases the greasers accompanied by his gang. Additionally he wears several rings to scratch greasers so they go through more pain. Bob verbally offends the greasers by calling them “White trash with long, greasy hair.” Furthermore, Bob was a heavy drinker, who was “reeling and passing out in the streets” often. His own girlfriend, Cherry Valance is against it although he doesn’t care and still gets crazily drunk.
It’s very bad that the FBI got involved with it. “The FBI’s Safe Streets and Gang Unit administers 160 Violent Gang Safe Streets Task Forces nationwide, staffed by nearly 850 FBI agents, more than 1,500 state and local law enforcement personnel, and nearly 100 other federal law enforcement agents,” (“Violent Crimes”). Eighty-three percent of gangs are street gangs. They came from the street and are quite violent. Most street gangs fight one another because the other has somehow “disrespected” them.
Most greasers spent their life breaking the law, or in jail, but the gang was full of a bunch of kids that just happened to have a small amount of money, and/or bad living conditions like Johnny. Randy and Cherry were the soc outsiders. They were both sick of all the fighting that went on between the greasers and the socs. They saw greasers as people too, not just poor hoodlums, or people with lots of hair oil. They were different from everybody else, and that’s not a bad
His town hated the fact that an honourble lawyer defend a black man, and his family thought it would ruin the family name by doing so. Atticus took the case, because he said, “…if I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this county in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again.” (Page 78) Unlike the conspiracy to kill Caesar, this action came with different
According to the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment report, gangs are responsible for an average of 48 percent of violent crime in most jurisdictions, and up to 90 percent in others. Statistics as such have the proclivity to create stereotypical facades of members involved in these social sets. Throughout the novel ‘The Outsiders’ written by S.E Hinton who was an adolescent herself at the time, enters around the main protagonist, Ponyboy, discovering that being engaged in a social group or a gang does not define your actions, personality and opinions. In the opening and mid stages the novel, Ponyboy outlines the contrasts between the two main social sets, the socials and the greasers. He expresses the greasers as people who are identified as hoodlums, and the poor community in the East side of Oklahoma, however he encounters various predicaments which alter his matter of perspective towards ones identity.
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a book about the racial tensions and segregation that arose in the 1930’s. The general storyline is about the main characters, Scout and Jem. At the start of the story, Jem and Scout were always discriminating against other characters, especially Boo Radley. The town was split in half due to racial segregation and Atticus Finch, their father, was a lawyer who doesn’t care who he’s representing because he’s a man of integrity and decency. Scout and Jem eventually mature and start to understand the dangers of discrimination after they see that Boo Radley is just a human and not the person that they all made him into.
This violence has been ongoing for approximately forty years now, and the body count is only getting higher. People are raised into this gang violence, even children are receiving guns from the ages ten to thirteen. Members of these gangs join for protection, acceptance, and a family. It was known that if you were a man, you had to either fight or kill, “young black men were pretending to be men by killing each other” (Raised into Wrongfulness). People see this only as a crime and a gang problem, when it also generates from the poor education and the lack of work society is giving these gang members.
It is quite apparent that youth getting roped into gangs is a huge problem and can only lead to two things, jail or death. Many youth feel like gangs want them and will take care of them. When in all reality the gangs could care less about them, they just use youths to do their dirty work and they are deposable. The only way to stop this problem and get youth the help they need is to create and upkeep programs that actually care about the kids and get them out of gangs or get them before they are in gangs. Programs that would get to youths before they are involved with gangs is a very important part in keeping them safe.
Teen violence and teen gang involvement escalated in the 1990s and has remained high. Youth are the most likely group to be victims or perpetrators of teen violence, but the results of teen violence affect everyone. Youth violence statistics show this is a serious problem: •An average of 15 young people are killed each day in the U.S., and over 80 percent of those are killed with guns. •In 2004, violence statistics report 750,000 young people were treated in hospitals for violence-related injuries. •One third of high school students reported being involved in a fight at school in 2004, and 17 percent reported bringing a weapon to school in the month preceding the 2004 survey.
The cultures explained in this article are the include the hundreds of gangs spread across Central and Northern America, and the government and society of these nations. The dominant culture among these is the nation 's governments while the counterculture consists of all the gangs. The Governments, However, are struggling to to dominate the crime caused by gangs members. Dominant cultures have increased the focus of law enforcements toward gang violence and increased punishment for gang activities, such as creating a law that makes it illegal just to be in a gang even if that person was not caught doing anything illegal. Another method used make society safer from gang violence was to try to change and regulate gun laws.
He was raised in a household full of violent and unstable family members, especially his step-father who treated him and his brother frank poorly. Which explains why Jesse and Frank turned to lives of crime. His brother joined the war as a confederate soldier at an early age which was very common back then. Soon both of the became confederate sympathizers. Both Jesse and Frank joined William Quantrill’s Missouri guerrilla force, after they joined the group and jesse committed and participated in the devastation that killed twentyfive unarmed union soldiers in 1963.
Additionally, these gangs bring with them “cultural carriers”, which are individuals that relocate whom bring prior gang experiences with them. While this is a growing epidemic in the United States, what does this have to do with juveniles that join gangs? This development and migration of gangs allows an ample amount of opportunities for youth to join these gangs. Typically, youth will not go to the gangs, rather the gangs will come to them. Many see this issue of juveniles joining gangs as a very severe issue that needs to be addressed especially because of the malleability of youths’ minds (McShane & Williams,