Essay about Fundamentals of Gangs

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Fundamentals of Gangs

Street gangs are an organization of young people that are usually in their teens and twenties. They join together and claim a territory or neighborhood as their own. They are known for being violent and heavily involved in drug peddling. On the streets graffiti is the means of communication of territorial limits and to challenge other gangs. A challenge can be anything from making a mark on enemy territory or crossing out enemy tag. There are generally 4 types of individuals associated with street gangs. The “hard-cores” are the members who talk, act, dress, and commit criminal acts as a gang member. The “Associates” will identify themselves with gang members in there neighborhood, but rarly get involved. the
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There was over a 100% increase in the black population of Los Angeles at that time. Ethnic and interracial paranoia began for form amongst the white residents in L.A. The gangs started to form in the late 40’s and early 50’s initially as a defensive reaction to the bigotry and prejudice affecting the black community. The second period occurred after the Watts Rebellion of 1965. The Watt’s Rebellion was a violent outbreak in the Watt’s housing project between black and white groups. Much violence occurred including widespread police brutality. These riots inspired the black community to get involved in political and social actions. New groups began to form to monitor the LAPD and document their treatment towards blacks. A man named Ron Wilkins created the Community Action Patrol to monitor these police abuses. Many other groups like the CAP were formed at that time. The biggest of which was the Black Panthers because they were considered to have the largest following and the most political influence. By 1967, the Black Panthers were one of the strongest political groups in the USA. But then, over the next two years the Black Panthers began to have disputes between other black organizations which resulted in the murder of the leaders of the Black Panther Organization, These events brought forth the end of the black political progress in L.A. and fueled the fires of street activity. Street gangs started to reinvent themselves. The third period of

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