Most gangs are created to form a sense of power and control. All types of problems are presented to the youths of today growing up in major cities. Before being so eager to jump to conclusions, we must try to understand these problems, or we will never find a solution to them.
Gang members are out there trying to find a family that some never had. It may not seem like much to you - an abandoned house or a park - but it becomes a place to call their own. It’s easy to say “why don’t they ever leave the gang”, but many of those teenagers won’t leave until years to come, if ever. Gang life becomes the only thing they know. Everyone wants to feel needed, and in those blocks or areas, they feel needed.
The gang life in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York are considered to be the most notorious. Why? Because their history is so violent, and a steady ongoing process. The African-American and Hispanic gangs are the prime target of the media network and the more publicity they receive, the more they develop.
I have been raised around gangs all my life. It’s not something I hated, but always understood what they were going through. As a young child, you learn and try to be accepted by your peers because you just want to fit in. If you’re raised with certain circumstances from life surrounding you, it becomes the only thing you know, unless taught otherwise. Without guidance from someone, they become a product of their environment.
When you go to school and start hanging out with a certain group of kids from your neighborhood, they become dependent on you, and you on them. Why? Because eventually trust will be gained among them. If they’re walking home from school and a group advances towards them, and out of the clear blue sky, one of the kids gets hit. Do you run like hell, or would you help your friend out? The decision could affect their feelings toward each other, and possibly cause insecurity about them. They may become known as a coward, scary cat, and so on... For simply making the choice to look out for their self, and for a kid it can affect the way they feel about themselves. When someone shows them attention at that point, they’re so easily influenced or drawn to other things.
To feel needed again is what they find in gangs, but gangs are not to be blamed from parent’s lack of interest in their child. Joining that gang will give them admiration from the other kids that may have imposed a threat to their own self worthiness. When they’re walking down a street and people clear your walk way because of what you represent is intoxicating. The truth is most seek some kind of power, but they have already found it. Eventually their sense of mentality is “I can do what I want, where ever I want, and when I want. Forget everybody else! Police do what they got to do, and I’m here to do what I got to do.” They will soon have total disrespect for everyone who makes rules.
When most gang member’s family’s income is low, it instills an...