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Gangs Are gangs becoming more popular? why or why not. please explain your answer fully.

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Those who are dispossessed will congregate, for their only remaining power is strength in numbers.  All the reasons noted point to a disturbing trend -- more and more of us are becoming dispossessed, or in other words, not part of the "standard" culture.  If there were true economic and political access, more people would be invested in that culture, and the "fringe" cultures would abate. As more and more people become economically and politically sidelined, the only refuge is in a gang.

 

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In my school. we have two distinct gangs. One group wears red and calls themselves the bloods. Most of these members are of African American descent.

The other group wears blue. I cannot remember what they call themselves at this moment. Most of the members are of Hispanic descent.

These two groups often have serious, violent confrontations. We had a fight between the two groups and the school had to go on lockdown. We had to stop having break for two weeks. We just tried to keep the students moving between classes.

We also had to have professional development on the activities of gangs. It is becoming a serious issue.

 

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I would suggest that gangs are beoming more popular because of the breakdown of the family. Gangs, in a sense, substitute for families, providing many of the kinds of support and affirmation and protection and security that families once provided. It would be easy enough to show that a breakdown in the "traditional" family (husband, wife, and children) has been occurring for the past half-century. Gangs have arisen (I think) partly in response.

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I don't know if I would say they are more or less popular, as their public image is not really why people join gangs.  It is much more about the social response to society's ills.  Poverty, racism, the breakup of the family, poor socialization, unemployment, all contribute to the void that gangs have sought to fill.  What's "popular" about them is that they offer a sense of family, albeit a warped one, instant gratification for material goods, money, power and respect.

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Statistically, gang activity is on the rise in the United States, and the violence associated with it may be at the highest level ever. The use of automatic weapons has replaced the knives and chains that gang members used in the first half of the 20th century, and drug activity associated with gangs is just one of the reasons. Easy access to such weapons make even the youngest and lowest level gang members deadly these days, and the absolute disregard for human life makes today's gangs more dangerous than any that have come before them. Low socioeconomic status has always been associated with gangs, but the degree of violence of today's gang members far exceeds their predecessors.

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According to a recent Reuter's article, gang activity seems to be on the rise, however this may be due to an increase in law enforcement reporting of it.  Nevertheless, the FBI seems to believe that gang involvement has in fact increased since 2008, and credits social media (Facebook and Twitter) as a new form of communication gangs are using to organize and recruit.  Also mentioned in this article is that the face of illegal gang activity is changing possibly in light of the economy.  It seems the more larger and prominent US gangs (ie: Crips and Bloods) are turning to what the FBI calls more "white collar crimes," things such as credit card fraud and identity theft, because they are just as profitable, but easier to get away with, and the punishment (if caught) tends to be less severe, than say, large scale drug sales and homicide.

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/21/us-usa-crime-gangs-idUSTRE79K5IP20111021

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