Having to care for 8 more kids can influence the way anyone plans out their life which is why Darrel is influenced so significantly by his only family. During Ponyboy and Johnny's time at the church they realized, "We rarely fought among ourselves-Darry was the unofficial leader, since he kept his head best. . . " (Hinton 89). Darrel is the eldest in the gang meaning he felt responsible for each member; he always wants to make sure they are okay and are not finding themselves in consequential trouble.
For some people dealing was the only way they could make money if they couldnt get an actual job “Responding to the public's desire, gangs in the cities organized and delivered the liquor.” (McNeill). Even though the selling of liquor was illegal it provided jobs for those who couldn't make an income. It was a way for those who didn't have jobs to provide for their families so they could buy food and pay for shelter. But at the same time they risked going to jail and leaving their families.
How does gang violence puts an impact on society? Gangs have turned the society into a war zone between different gangs. Educating people about gangs would have people thinking should they really join. People should know the history of gang violence and the types of gangs they should look out for so they could stay away. Gang violence is nothing someone should play around with because you can get killed or even in trouble with the law for just associating with them.
On the other hand the Bronx, also had a crumbling sense of community, because of violence that was brought into its area. The repercussions of this as is similar of Baltimore, most adolescents resorted to the streets for money. Lastly the reason why both cities young men found it attractive to go to the streets, is because it gives them pride, money and a way to escape from the missed opportunities from their communities.
Therefore, gang members bring their conflicts, attitudes, and behaviors to school; nevertheless, when passing classes, during lunch, around campus, and during assemblies events. Gang-involved youth somehow manage to engage in criminal activity, rival confrontation, delinquency, and violence. “Gang formation appears to be facilitated by social context characterized by broader changes in the economy, poverty, inequality, social disorganization, easy access to drugs, and an absence of well-paying jobs” (Elrod & Ryder, 2014, p. 68). Many gang members have family members who are involved in gang activities, and students have fewer
Hinton’s novel The Outsiders are to blame for the problems that were faced by the community that surrounds them. This can be said as the Greasers could have avoided the Socs in the first place, avoiding the problems faced in, and by the community. The gang of teenagers could have also faced their problems instead of running away from them, solving all the problems that they encountered and preventing new ones from emerging. They are also the ones to blame for the deaths that occur in the novel, and if they had not occurred, there would not have been as much tension that was faced that separated the rival gangs (the Greasers and Socs). In the end, the Greasers should be held responsible for the quarrels that occur throughout the
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.
It’s nearly dawn, shadows seem to roam everywhere. There’s a party in a speakeasy that you can only find if you know a certain somebody. The lights are dazing and too bright to really focus on any one person but no one minds; they are all having too much fun to notice someone sneak into the area. The music changes from fun to screeches and gunshots. A gangster had gone after his rival that had been in that speakeasy.
The portrayal of these negative activities in both Straight Outta Compton and in Menace II Society only further the stereotype of the gangsta image amongst the younger African American community. Although the gangsta image was prominently displayed throughout
This increase in shipping was not strictly due to legal business picking up; rather, a large component of the increase can be attributed to illegal activities from opportunistic criminals, making of the freight industry the means of distribution for those criminals as they capitalize on their illegal economy using “legal” means. The ways that the criminals are using the freight industry makes it very difficult for law enforcement to combat these operations. The United States Border Patrol officers, along with customs control officers, have massive enforcement duties along extensive international borders, the magnitude of which manifests in many weak spots along those borders, thus, making it very easy for criminals and the criminal organizations to weasel around border enforcement in the completion of their dirty work. On a regular, daily basis, people will find different countries, regardless of their compassion or hatred towards one another, working together to sell, trade, and prosper in many illegal activities. Besides the everyday, mainstream news that tells one about the illegal drugs that come through the country, people of all nationalities and orientations are being kidnapped, collected, bartered, traded, and sold into a modern day slave trade.
In the newspaper article Youth Gangs Leading Cause of Delinquencies written by Gene Sherman for the Los Angeles Times, Sherman hits many hard facts regarding the relationship between the youth of the time and the local gangs. Overtime the largely popular Zoot Suits became a badge of delinquency, with more and more of our youth donning these new relaxed and mobile suits they where just assumed to belong to a gang even if they had no official gang ties. “Motives for gang warfare are ridiculous in adult eyes but sometimes lead to planned an bloody fighting” With little to no provocation a war could break out on the street. Just for looking at someone the “wrong” way could end with a knife in your gut.
The woman’s face was bloody; she cried for help, and at that time, all I could do was yell for my mother from the comfort of my home. This was a scene I never that I’d have to witness in front of my house. Her body crumpled to the ground, I remember before this, she had staggered by my house as me and my sister were playing and asked to use our house phone. Of course, at that time, my sisters and I hysterically asked our mother phone if she could use the phone, she said yes. The woman looked like she was in rush as she punched in the numbers, but I don’t remember if there was ever a response.
Why would someone join a gang when one does not hear of anything positive about being one of their members. There are pulls and pushes to joining such as social forces, lucrative or financial forces, and ethnic forces that push many young people in the direction of gangs. Is the reputation and image of gangs more stereotypical than realistic? The stereotype of a gang is they are frightening people with only violence in mind and they appear to rule the streets of their cities.
Imagine being a parent with a thirteen year old son being charged as an adult with a life sentence without parole. Knowing that they will have no chance for rehabilitation. In some cases a lot of these individuals we are so quick to call adults once they take a life are, repenting for their sins towards the crimes they committed. When a teen commits a crime to this stance without a second thought or even with the thought in mind they are still not capable to understand the situation. To comprehend the fact that you took another life doesn’t really come to light till your mind is at a point where you see it as what it is death.
The first chapter of Sudhir Venkatesh's Gang Leader For a Day gives a small glimpse of the everyday lives of African American street gang members. He describes in detail of their deplorable living conditions, as well as their immediate distrust of him. In some ways, his descriptions positively reinforce the conventional beliefs of gangs. Most people connotate gangs with crime - particularly "senseless" violence, drug dealing, and robbery. A lot of people are quick to judge, and rarely ask questions as to why gangs are so willing to participate in illegal, and often inhumane activities.