Group Project 3-Final Paper

Group Project 3-Final Paper - Examining Cultural...

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Examining Cultural Communities: Latin Kings COM 134 Group Project 3 December 1, 2010 Group #26 Jamie Riedford Kasey Rose Sanam Sahni Will Reilly Evan Reinhardt
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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. The soon- 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
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the dominant culture. The group eventually lost touch with its roots and started to grow into a notorious and violent street gang. Most Latin Kings identify themselves as
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This note was uploaded on 02/02/2012 for the course COM 134 taught by Professor Frymier during the Fall '08 term at Miami University.

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