Gangs In American Society

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Gangs Significance in America’s Society Gangs are becoming more and more widespread within American society. Not only are gangs increasing in population, but gangs are also beginning to increase in the number of locations of existence. When one thinks of a gang, he or she automatically sees thugs with tons of tattoos. He or she sees evaders of the law, murderers, thieves, and drug-dealers. Although gangs have the representation of being negative, they have a significant impact on the American Society. Any form of gang association continues to pose a negative view on itself; however, gangs are very significant to American culture and society. American society has failed to see the positive efforts that some previous gang members have administered.…show more content…
Larry Hoover was born on November 30 of 1950, in Jackson, Mississippi. He was the founder and longtime leader of a notorious gang known as the “Gangster Disciples”. Like Stanley “Tookie” Williams, he too was arrested for murder, while in prison, Hoover, gained the nickname of “King Hoover”. He had the ability to make trades within the prison and outside on the streets. Somehow, Hoover had a positive impact within the prison. As stated in the biography of Larry Hoover on the website, about.com, “But Hoover’s power seemed only to grow inside Statesville. Who then became devotees and new recruits for the Gangster Disciples. Hoover and the other prisoners was recognized by the warden’s office, due to Hoover’s positive influence to quell riots and uprisings within the prison” (about.com). Hoover wanted to be an inspiration to his followers, so he required all of them to receive an education. The sole purpose of this obligation was so that when followers of Hoover were released, they would become a strong force within America’s society. Hoover later changed the letters of “Gangster Disciples” Gangster Disciples became known as “Growth and Development”. This group reform was able to catch the eyes of the outside world. “Growth and Development” began a series of nonprofit organizations, which registered voters, a music label, led a series of peaceful protests to fight the…show more content…
Terrence Stone was a member of a Pomona gang. Due to the gang affiliation, he found himself in and out of the California Youth Authority and state prison. Stone was able to make a change for the better, and with the help of one of his brothers, he co-founded Young Visionaries Youth Leadership. In the article entitled, “Standing up to gangs”, the author states: “The group is one of several in San Bernardino County that bring a message of hope to young gang members in local schools that they can turn their lives around” (Mike Cruz). Terrence Stone focused on ways to help young people see that there is a good life outside of gangs. Ray Culberson is another individual to found a program for youth at risk of joining gangs. This program is called Kids in Chaos. Culberson had first-hand knowledge of the gang life; therefore, he was very effective in the turning kids away from gang affiliation. “Simply spending more money is not always the best way to reach out to the troubled young people, says Culberson. Instead, he challenges professionals throughout San Bernardino County to use existing resources, think smarter and create ways to help young people” (Mike Cruz). The youth is where the influence of gangs begins. If we can intercept these pressures with that of good programs, more and more youth will shy away from
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