This is a community without gangs ...
IS A COMMUNITY
IS A COMMUNITY
drug dealing environment
for kids to play in their front yards
killed in their front yard by 'Drive-bys'
existent car vandalism or car thefts
parked at curb used for 'Pick your part', frequent neighborhood
male juveniles graduate from high school
male juveniles 'Jumped' into gangs
low rate of female juvenile run-a-ways and/or pregnancies
high rate of female juvenile run-a-ways, kidnapping, rapes,
and neighborhood pride
afraid of their neighborhoods
You know, with all the gang violence, deaths, crimes, etc., it's
very hard to understand how the gang culture is so glorified in
Shame on Time-Warner, and all those other entertainment companies
who make millions off movies, records ... you name it ... that glorify
I am very surprised there isn't a 'Gangster' line of clothing out
I recently quit eating at a diner in the area I grew up in (been
going back there a couple times a month to eat for over 37 years),
because the owner thought it so important to make a few nickels
from a 'Hommie' dispenser (overgrown gumball machine, with a plastic
ball containing a mini 'Hommie' figurine/key chain), which the little
gangstas like to hang from their belt loops.
And what is in the mind of a parent of a kid that isn't a gang member
in buying that kind of crap for their kid. Are they wishing junior
will go out there and get killed in some drive-by?
What's up with parents who:
their kid dress like a gang-banger,
their kid shave his head like a gang-banger,
their kid get tattoos like a gang-banger,
their kid use a gang name instead of his real name like a gang-banger,
their kid spray paint everything in sight (this years I was
in a house where "junior"
... had etched his gang moniker
on the 35 inch screen of the family room television)
let their kid hang out at gang locations with gang-bangers,
then get upset when the POO-LICE are constantly harassing
their "innocent" kid,
... just like they do to gang-bangers
I know, I'm preaching to the choir.
You all stay safe out there, you here!
Former LAPD Crime Analyst