The role of Gangs/Hoods
tiggertrot at hotmail.com
Wed Apr 10 19:37:30 MDT 2002
This is being written in haste so forgive me.
This is something that I've tought about for a long time. Personally, I am
tired of hearing about the revolutionary potential of gangs. Besides
personal experience that I had in such a grouping when I was younger we can
see their role every day. In Los Angeles, over 10,000 young people have been
murdered by gangs in the past 18 years, 10,000!. I am a teacher in Los
Angeles. I teach in some of the worst schools in LA. Every day I hear
stories about family members, teachers, and students who are murdered by
gang members. Just two weeks ago three immigrant students who didn't even
speak english were shot by gang memebrs on campus. Peple are literally
afraid to walk their own streets. In one poor community hundreds of people
rallied at city hall asking for more police!
I don't think we have to search out the alienanted memebrs of society. It
seems to me that there is a workng class with about 100 million people that
is perfectly capable of carrying out the revolution. Gang members spend most
of their time acting as parasites on the communities that they live in.
Wrokers get robbed on paydays, drug dealers run the neighborhoods. If you
view a "gang" as young people just hanging out together hat's one thing. But
I do not think that the organized gangs are going to play any role in the
revolution except that of a potential force for reaction. There are many
workers who live in these communities who will be on the front lines of any
struggle but go talk to them about what they think about the gangs and I
think you'll understand what the community thinks about them.
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