Wes Moore And Victim Precipitation Theory

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Two young men from the inner city part of Baltimore, Maryland located right on the boarder that separated Maryland from Washington, DC found each other as one of the young men developed a weird connection with another young man that he had never met before. Sharing the same exact name as him with the feeling that this connection was destiny being from the same exact area, only visiting the prison a couple times Wes Moore (Wes 1) was able to see that they lived somewhat of a similar but different life style. Sharing many of the same experiences, but one handling situations different from the other which was the main reason they sat on opposite sides of the table one being the visitor and one being the visited. The other Wes Moore (Wes 2) would …show more content…
However Victim precipitation has a meaning of its own stating that “a victim becomes a victim because of how they act; they often initiate what leads them to becoming a victim by acting in an aggressive manor” (Anderson, 48). Deciding my choice out of all the other theories I felt as though Wes Moore shows a consistent wave of victim precipitation theory throughout the whole story not just coming from one specific character. For example the Wes Moore character that was incarcerated had an older brother named Tony, with Wes father being out of the picture he grew up not really having anyone else to look up to except his older brother who happened to be a well-known drug dealer around the city. Unfortunately with this comes a lot for baggage from law enforcement and other drug dealers who look to take what you have, with this being said Tony was eventually shot in the chest which force the family to move into the county part of Baltimore but the reason why I used this as an example is because it speak right through what is defined as Victim precipitation theory as he initiated his reputation to become a drug dealer which meant that in order to get where he came from he had to take it from someone else which required aggressive manor this eventually caught up to him as he then became a victim from his own …show more content…
First talking about self-blame “Self-conscious emotions often involve judgments of responsibility, and guilt and shame in particular are considered to be “emotions of self-blame” I pulled this quote out of the article because I feel as though this represents Wes Moore’s ( Wes 1) mother dealing with self-blame putting herself under the category of victimization as she didn’t deal with her husband death the best. In the events that had taken place before his death Joy dealt with great emotion with the thought that more should have been done and could have been done have done to make sure her husband was ok. This event caused “frustration and irritation” and left her family feeling lost not knowing what their next move would be or where they would go from here (“This pain is keeping me from living my life”). This quote from the article explains how certain events in life could change your way of living and make you feel inside that you have lost the meaning of life. “Blame cannot be equated with a particular emotion but maintain that certain emotions are forms of

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