The loyalty is strong, the bond is unbreakable. The fight for each other to the end is incredible. Everyone is working together to make a life and make sure everyone is heading for something greater than death. A gang isn’t always about the harmful things you see on the news or the negative stories you hear people talking about. There is good within a Gang, sometimes bad. But the good out weight the bad.
My family wasn’t my family, the gang I was in was my family. My dad was very abusive and didn’t provide care that a parent should have provided. I was seeking a family and I found one in a gang. My gang helped me stop harming myself and helped me realize my self worth. When my dad wasn’t raising me, they were, when my dad wasn’t taking me to school, they were. I realized that family isn’t always going to be blood. Sometimes family is those who step up and try to better your life and help you do better and make sure your better life is better than theirs. And that’s what they did for me and a lot of other people as well.
A gang is a group of associates, friends or members of a family with a defined leadership and internal organization that identifies with or claims control over territory in a community and engages, either individually or collectively, in illegal, and possibly violent, behavior.
A lot of people that joins a gang doesn’t have a family or joins to support to their family. They believe that family isn’t always going to be there and that it isn’t always real. Michael Alleyne believes that one’s family was meaningless and that family isn’t always going to be there and that the brotherhood in the gang is stronger than family.
Gang violence or homicide is within the gang fractions not without the gang fractions. “Gangs” get a bad press. The overused noun is now synonymous with the evils of youth culture and its incumbent violence, drugs, guns and sexual misconduct. In the article Gangs are good for society they stated “ youth crimes has always been apart of our society, it’s not always gangs”. As teenagers we seek danger or trouble and crime, people now are putting a label to those that seek those and claiming we are gang members.
Caspar walsh has been working with people in and out of prison for more than 20 years and he said that gangs in and of themselves are not the problem. Caspar was about of a gang in school and he said it was just belonging to a group and feeling like you fit in somewhere. Most of the time it has nothing to do with fighting, violence or any other gangs. . “Gangs do not always revert to violence”. “If there are positive, older role models involved with these gangs, they can hold the boundaries essential to stopping them spiralling out of control and turning violent and crime driven. This is key.”
When gangs start controlling “turfs” or fighting over money or sellings drugs is when we should step in but other than that we should leave them alone. Gangs aren’t always negative they are trying to make people feel apart of something. According to the national gang center data, as of 2008, two of every 5 members of a gang are under 18. Anonymous man stated that He joined his gang because he wanted to feel like he was a part of a family. Michael Alleyne stated once again that ”I ain’t got time to rite [sic] to snitches, family that ain’t real,”. To Michael Alleyne the gang was all he had they were there for him when his own family wasn’t even there.
“Inclusion means the action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure”. From the site childline they stated that people even join gangs to be protected from bullies, to make money for their family. Yes, it might be a negative way to support your family but sometimes that’s the only way in our generation. Childline even stated that people sometimes join gangs to have that feeling of power and to have a title.
Gangs dominating every street corner, but it’s only a problem when they are starting fights or they are shooting each other. Young people are looking for boundaries and these are explored in gangs and in their social interaction with each other and people outside the gang circle. There are many gangs trying to do positive things in the community, but the teens that are seeking a rush are causing the uproar .