What Are The Importance Of Gang Essay

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Since the beginning of time, people have always tried to find a sense of belonging. Whether this belonging or acceptance comes from the home or the outside world, people long for the need to be acknowledged. For some individuals, the ideas of having people behind you is everything but when society and in most cases, family turns away, another form of acceptance can come into play when dealing with where you live and who you ultimately want to be. When acceptance isn’t reached with family or society, certain individuals will find peace in gang life and all the activities that come with it. Gangs are far from unfamiliar when it comes to the black community and how it shapes the actions and lifestyle of our youth. Many youth become affiliated …show more content…
This can be accomplished by having Community centers, such as churches, provide programs that allow students to participate in engaging activities such as learning a trade. Many students need an outlet for their creativity and this day and age, they are bombarded with various forms of entertainment all day. This leads to quick boredom which can be dangerous when left to a student who’s decision making is severely impaired due to lack of frontal lobe development. Places where students can socialize and participate in productive and constructive activities with others can curb appeal to gangs which provide a strong social network that we all instinctively crave. Another major factor in gang participations seems to relate to lack of opportunity and accessible role models in the community. If the only successful people the students see that they relate to is the drug dealer, then they will aspire to be such. If students were more direct contact with positive, successful role models they are more likely to aspire to take up whatever profession that role model works in. Community projects to provide jobs and trade mentorships to young kids is crucial to eliminating the financial and perceived success appeal of gangs in the …show more content…
While this does hurt gangs to a degree, the underlying causes that lead to gang affiliation are still present. Elimination of these cases will lead to drastic reductions in gang affiliation and activity. Some of these causes and their solutions have already been covered, but there are more than need to be addressed. One of the important causes, and a major financial supporter of gangs, is the strict drug legislation present in many states. North Carolina has already implemented many pieces of legislation that give some wiggle room on drugs such as marijuana, but other drugs (cocaine, amphetamines, etc.) are still very strictly regulated. While marijuana is decriminalized in North Carolina, it is still not cleared for recreational use. This serves as a major financial point for local gangs. Selling small or even large amounts of marijuana can provide gangs with the funds necessary to invest in more destructive products such as more dangerous/powerful drugs and weapons. New legislation regarding recreational use of marijuana would financially cripple many gangs in rural areas (Pitt County).These programs will take a community effort to organize and operate, but with dedication and participation from everyone we can virtually eliminate gangs in our

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