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gangs Essay

  • Submitted by: hellomyfriend
  • on March 16, 2008
  • Category: English
  • Length: 828 words

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Gangs and Violence
    Gangs have been a leading problem throughout the world   and many people get injured and killed   by these gangs. Gangs bring a lot of violence throughout the world because of drugs and hatred between races. If gangs were stopped in the world , then there wouldn’t be as much killings and hatred.

Drugs, and Death on the Streets of America Gangs are not a new problem in the United States; they have existed in New York and other eastern cities for more than two hundred years. Unlike the Italian, Irish, and Jewish gangs of the early twentieth century, the gangs formed during and after World War II were increasingly non-European in origin. Among these gangs were the Rainbows and Hancocks (white gangs), the Chancellors and Negro Sabres (African American gangs) and the Viceroys and Latin Gents (Puerto Rican gangs). The meetings of Puerto Rican and African American gangs into white neighborhoods sometimes led to violent conflicts between the newcomers and white gangs. Gangs keep violence to a   minimum by making their own order and codes for behavior. These codes established neutral territory and not attacking adults.

Although stabbings and hand-to-hand violence remained the primary methods of fighting, guns became easier to obtain in the postwar years, and consequently, New York gangs became more violent. The homicide rate for adolescents nearly tripled between 1940 and 1946, increasing from 1.28 deaths per 100,000 to 3.45 deaths per 100,000. The number of adolescents arrested for murder increased from 34 arrests in 1940 to 88 arrests in 1946. By 1947, the gang problem prompted the formation of the New York City Youth Board, which sent social workers into the streets to gather information about and develop relationships with gangs. While the Youth Board, which was disbanded in 1976, did obtain a considerable amount of data about gangs, it did not solve the gang problem.
Like New York City, Los Angeles also has a lengthy gang history. The Los...

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