Dakin's Gang

Dakin's Gang - Gang culture is defined as, a group of...

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Gang culture is defined as, a group of individuals that share a common identity. (Houghton Mifflin Company). Gangs generally carry a negative connotation but are not restricted to unruly actions. Over 40 different gangs have been identified and almost all of them seem to have originated from 1 of 4 different gangs: Crips, Bloods, Folk Nation, and People Nation. To better understand gang culture, you must understand the “three r’s,” reputation, respect and retaliation. Reputation is a large concern for members as well as the gang as a whole. A gang’s reputation depends on the crimes they have committed and the members and people affiliated with the gang. Respect is something that every gang members seeks but doesn’t always receive. Some gangs issue written contracts stating that when a rival gang or gang member is seen they must be shown disrespect by a stare down or even hand gestures. If a member fails to show disrespect there may be a punishment of a “beat down”. The third “r” is retaliation and revenge which entails several different ways to get back at the rival gang. Rival gangs must remember that no challenge goes unanswered weather the “dis” was made by one member or by the whole gang. Some forms of retaliation are drive by shootings, theft, and even plotted murders. Most forms of retaliation are because of drug deals gone wrong, a form of disrespect is shown, or infringements on drug territory (Naworjczyk, Steve). The reason our group pick this culture was to learn more about a lifestyle few people realize happens in our beloved cities. Dakin, who grew up in Yuma, Arizona, witnessed many drug busts next to her house. There was also a prostitute that hung around her neighborhood and at the local market down the street. Gangs started in this country about the time of the Industrial Revolution, when people left their rural homes for the city. There was inadequate housing and few jobs available, so the unemployed turned to crime to survive. After a short time, individuals found safety in larger numbers. They began to band together, thus forming gangs. Early gangs were made up of the poorest people–usually Irish, Italian, and Polish. Gangs flourished and continued to grow well
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P a g e | 2 into the 1950s. Generally, gangs fought in large groups and covered large territories. They were well-disciplined. Their weapons consisted of bats, chains, and fists. Gangs diminished in size in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but reappeared in the late 1970s tougher and more violent than ever. Today, the majority of gangs are comprised of young people seeking attention and interaction not found within their immediate family. It must be understood that it is not illegal to
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