In the early 1900s, specifically after World War II, racism was extremely common
involving all minority groups.
African Americans and Puerto Rican immigrants were two
of the most popular groups targeted during this period.
Receiving unequal treatment, the
Puerto Rican soldiers were given the lowest rankings and were often directed into
dangerous situations by the Caucasian militants.
After the war, Puerto Rican immigration
continued and was particularly common in areas of Chicago, Illinois.
As a result of
discrimination and unfair job opportunities, these immigrants were subject to poverty,
and forced to live in poor, low quality communities.
Similar to many civil rights
situations, these Puerto Ricans were often banished from certain businesses and places,
including restaurants and other public areas.
As a result of their poor living conditions
and failure to receive a steady income, crime and violence promoted gang life and drug
dealing, which quickly became a way of life.
The minority group retaliated against the
racist treatment from the dominant society outside of their own communities.
to-be gang, the Latin Kings, was created with a slogan “rise above the racism and to form
an organization of ‘Kings,’” that would serve themselves and their communities in order
to instate peace and equality within the Hispanic culture.
The identity of the Almighty Latin King and Queens, or simply the Latin Kings, is
well known in our nation today.
They are said to be the largest and most organized
Hispanic street gang currently present in the United States.
The group is renowned for
their repulsive crimes, such as drug trafficking, murder, assault, identity theft, and
extortion (Latin kings (gang)).
Although the Latin Kings began as a self-defense group to
protect their neighborhoods in the north and south sides of Chicago, it slowly evolved
when many members had more criminal intentions to fight back against discrimination by