Gang violence is a major problem in our society today. If nothing is done soon, gang violence could take place in our neighborhoods. MW Klein, a gang researcher, says that gangs are an aggregation of youths who perceive themselves as distinct, and that are viewed as distinct by the community. Klein also states that the gangs call forth a consistently negative image of themselves through their actions (Klein). To those involved in gangs however, gang membership provided a youth means of attempting to consolidate their gender identities (Douglas). Most of the early American street gangs have historically been ethnically based. Early gangs were mainly Irish, Polish, or Italian (Klein).
Communities all over deal with gang
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The initiation usually consists of a variety of negative activities. Such activities range from truancy, fighting, vandalism, burglarizing, assault, homicide, and extortion. Another step of initiation may be to get a certain tattoo (Klein). Many gangs have certain hand signals, nicknames, and religious symbols (Hutson). Catching the gangs are very difficult. It involves full, in-depth background checks. This is necessary because most gang members can be very deceiving and are skilled liars (Hutson).
There has been a relationship made between gangs and homicide. John J. Dilulio Jr., a criminologist and author, long-established that in the past year, Los Angeles, has experienced a 131 percent jump in gang related homicides. He also added that these statistics have risen in every other category as well: felony, assault, robbery, kidnap, rape, arson, and carjacking. He stated that this could be a sign showing what is to come to other American cities (Hutson).
Many factors come into play when talking about gang violence. Two of the most common factors are modeling and social approval for delinquent acts. Some blame these acts on the media. Movies can have a negative effect on youth (Synder). Movies and other media may serve as control systems for the working through of psychological and social conflicts. Many of the youthful audiences may experience and carry out their inner conflicts, desires, and fears,