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Shakur Essay Assignment The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member (1993) describes the life of the author, Sanyika Shakur, also known as "Monster" Kody Scott, as a South Central, Los Angeles gang member of the Crip organization. During the book, the author exhibits his time as a formidable, combat soldier who earned a legendary gangster title for his committed acts of brutality and violence in the course of his Crip membership (Shakur, 1993). In addition, the novel gradually reveals how the author transformed from a Crip associate to a black nationalist and crusader for the new African independence movement, who fights against the causes of a gangster lifestyle (Shakur, 1993). Throughout …show more content…
For instance, Howell and Griffiths (2016) found females are distinctly integrated into male gangs by their relationships with the members. Throughout Shakur's (1993) autobiography, he talks about many young female Crip gang members or affiliates who he had known or been with on missions. In particular, even after all his gang lifestyle choices and transformation into a black nationalist, Shakur's girlfriend, Tamu, stuck around him through all the challenges and hardships, thus showing her affiliation with the Crips because of her intimate relationship with Shakur. Tamu is one example, described by Shakur, Howell, and Griffiths, of how young women integrate into gangs through their relationships with the members, regardless of whether it is by a family, friend, or intimate partner …show more content…
Utilizing research findings and realistic experiences, Shakur, Howell, and Griffiths disprove myths about gangs, justify the reasons for young people being recruited because of their desire to be understood by others similar to them, and girls integrating themselves into the groups from their relationships with members. Howell and Griffiths managed to explain the principles behind gangs and their members' lifestyles, while Shakur provided real gangster experiences as supporting evidence for the research findings. Theories to gangs may be existent, but without proper research leading to the findings, or experiences from subjects who lived the lifestyle, beliefs about the organizations merely become empty
“The Gangs of New York Assignment” “The Gangs of New York” interpreted many aspects of the Gilded Age including politics, immigration, and racism. When the immigrants, which were mostly Irish, came to New York they were treated very poorly. When arriving to America the immigrants were shouted at to go back home and had items thrown at that them when departing the boats that they arrived on. When the Irish came to America a countless amount of them had an illness, this then led to New York being called a “City of fever.” If you had an illness as an immigrant you were put back onto a ship and you were sailed back to where you had came from.
Mona Ruiz was raised in the middle class neighborhoods of central Santa Ana in a household of two parents, and seven siblings. Although Ruiz had family members affiliated with gangs, her father despised gang members. Both of them would have talks about how proud he’d be if she furthered her education and became a police officer. He had said to her and her sisters, “gangs promise only shame and danger for a young girl.” (Ruiz 27).
Assata vs Socrates The fight for justice continues, as we distinguish two different scenarios and compare and contrast them to each other. Assata Shakur and Socrates were one and the same. They both were opposed by the government, convicted to long-term prison sentences, and received neglect that posed a threat to their humanity. These two individual not only showed courage, but also they showed that they stood for something one-hundred percent and backed up everything they stood for.
THESIS Similar to many of the other selections we have read, to be Black in America is an enormous struggle. Through slavery, oppression, discrimination, and more; history has proven that this country was not built upon making individuals of African ancestry comfortable here. With the personal recollections of numerous horror stories of oppression, Assata Shakur goes on to explain how truly oppressed the Black individuals of America are.
I think the key aspect of viewing gangs and the young people they influence is keeping in mind how they are inducted into gangs and how they are contained in them. Now, I have never experienced this system personally. I've only seen into this world through media; which, as we know, can be wildly inaccurate and rarely provides the full story. But I think that's where the importance of Levitt's credibility comes into play.
Zarina Gafurova Mrs.Campbell English 1020 6 October 2017 As a former member of the Black Liberation Army, Assata Shakur was committed in the fight for civil rights in America during a time of discrimination. Convicted of first-degree murder in 1977 and forced to take asylum in Cuba, Shakur expressed the anger and frustration she had with the level of hypocrisy present in the American government in her 1973 speech To My People. Shakur's ability to appeal to African Americans stems from her skilled use of logos, allusion, and metaphor, which helps to further her arguments on the corruption in America In order to draw attention to this corruption, a method Shakur uses is logos in her speech. Shakur explains to her audience that it is not them
Second, the thesis is shown through the perspective of Ernesto Vera. Ernesto Vera was the eldest child in the Vera family. His two younger siblings, Lupe and Ray, otherwise known as Payasa and Lil Mosco, are both heavily involved with gang violence and all types of gang activity, but not Ernie. Ernesto said, “When I’m passing houses, I only hear TVs on, and all the anchors are talking about is looting and fire and Rodney King and black people and anger and that’s cool, whatever, because I’m focused on something else.” (6).
In 1970-1981 the black liberation army was in full force. Assata Shakur mother of three, activist, and leader was convicted of first degree murder in 1977. Assata Shakur expresses her concerns about how her fellow people have been treated in America. Being an active member in the black libertarian army allowed Assata Shakur to have a powerful voice that moved people. After being convicted of murder in 1977 she wrote her speech “To My People”.
Sanyika Shakur tells his life story in detail in his book, Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member. He tells how he lived from a very young age and survived the gang life in South Central L.A. during the 1960’s and 1970’s, which was during the startup of the Crips. He was born Kody Scott and he was born into a very poor family. He had an absent father and was therefore raised by a single mother. At the very young age of eleven Kody Scott turned his life over to the Crips.
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 things very 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 murder. We as a society need to pinpoint why teenagers join gangs and stop them beforehand. We also need to help people get out of gangs if they are already in one.
The overall distrust of women is deep-rooted in the majority of the male gang members. Most likely caused by the abandonment issues these youth encountered at an early age when their mothers came to the U.S. seeking work. While the homeboys do not
As a result of my study on gangs, I have discovered that the reasons people join gangs are because they have an addiction to drugs, have uncontrollable emotions, face experiences with failure and have unhealthy relationships. I agree with these causes of why people join gangs and also believe those causes can be prevented. By making good decisions, I believe people would not join a gang. Other people might say that becoming involved with gangs cannot be controlled due to family and ethnic cultures endorsing it, but this is unreasonable because of all the preventions to the causes.
What are the varying explanations of men’s involvement in criminal activity? Savian Campbell University of Trinidad and Tobago CRIM2004 Gender and Crime Abstract This research paper is intended to analyse the various explanations for men’s involvement in criminal activity using a gendered approach. It looks at the masculinity of crime and seeks to answer the burning question that has been ignored for years (what is it about men that causes them to commit crime?) The notion of masculinity and the typical characteristics which are associated with it are discussed and a linkage between masculinity and crime is made.