The increase in power within the drug cartels makes the future of organized crime seem bleak regarding society, but positive for the OC units themselves. The 1980s brought about many changes in the world of drug trade. The United States government began blocking trades routes from the Caribbean, forcing drug smugglers to take different routes. The new routes ran through the Pacific and Central American isthmus which led smugglers straight to Mexico. Mexicans can smuggle just about anything across the border and upon this realization came the Mexican drug cartel boom.
In addition, gangs increasingly are smuggling large quantities of heroin, cocaine, and MDMA (also known as ecstasy) into the United States. Local street gangs in rural, suburban, and urban areas transport drugs within very specific areas, most of what seem to be low socio-economical areas. Some gangs collect millions of dollars per month selling illegal drugs, trafficking weapons, operating prostitutions rings, and selling stolen property. Gangs launder their proceeds by investing in real estate, recording studios, motor cycle shops, and construction companies. The extent of gangs/drugs A proliferation in gangs will also mean a growth in drug and violence in our community’s and threatening society in general.
While the physical appearance of gangsters may have transitioned from the tailored suits of the 1940's to the to the expensive and flashy chains and sneakers of today's definition, the idea is the same: illegal activities, drugs, and a culture of immorality runs their lives. This "gang" culture is directly associated with the creation of rap, and many artists today often refer to themselves as gangsters. "I keep a blue flag hangin' out my backside, but only on the left side, yeah, that's the Crip side," raps Snoop Dogg in the song Drop it Like It's Hot. This is a legitimate claim that Snoop Dogg is making about being involved with the notorious Crip gang; Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. (Snoop Dogg) has been arrested on several counts of drug and firearm possessions, as well as murder (Malkin, 2012). Many other rappers make references to the gangster culture.
Eazy E (b. Eric Wright), a former drug dealer who started Ruthless Records with money he earned by pushing, was attempting to start a rap empire by building a roster of successful rap artists. However, he wasn't having much success until Dr. Dre (a member of the World Class Wreckin' Cru) who was able to create funky beats and produce the tracks was then signed under Eazy Es label ''Ruthless records'', the third member who joined the crew was Ice Cube (b. O'Shea Jackson) who was the song writer of the group. N.W.A. 's first album (N.W.A. and the Posse) was a party-oriented jam record that largely went ignored upon its 1987 release.
Amber Grimes American Gangster The movie that I chose was American Gangster. American Gangster tells a story about how the emerge of drug traffic and trade was in the streets of Harlem, New York. Denzel Washington plays real life gangster- Frank Lucas back in the 70s that was originally from North Carolina. Lucas moves to Harlem and is apprenticed under a notorious crime boss- Bumpy. Frank became involved after seeing how his idol Bumpy had the respect, money and power to do what he wanted.
Having an older brother I can attest to the ease of getting my hands on explicit music at a young age. I enjoy some rap music, but know that the music is solely music and nothing else. Rappers of today are always talking about drug use, crimes, making money, and murdering. Listening to certain songs, you would almost think it is acceptable to do these things. Songs don’t seem to get the same recognition unless they have abusive, dirty lyrics.
The violent and often degrading lyrics of gangster rap have now become main-stream and is highly romanticized by young black and white youths, alike. To be able to analyze the death of Tupac Shakur, it is also important to address rap music and its influence on America’s culture. Hip Hop has become a multi-billion dollar industry that has come to dominate television, film and fashion, as well as radio. Many inner-city and urban residents are drawn to hip hop and are distrustful of many institutions, therefore, they look elsewhere for guidance and knowledge. This all too often comes in the form of rap idols and gangs.
Organized crime or criminal organizations are transnational, national, or local groupings of high enterprises run by criminals for the purpose of engaging in illegal activity, most commonly for their own profit. Seemingly, the highest rate of criminal violence was partaken in the 1920’s. With the prohibition laws in America and the world in an economic depression. People turned more and more too criminal activity, organized criminals such as the American mobsters and other crime organizations grew vigorously. Most common people would look at these organization leaders as heroes.
Urban Gangs The word thug dates back to India in the year 1200 AD and it refers to a gang of criminals (Thugs) that roamed the country pillaging towns. These Thugs had their own symbols, hand signs, rituals and slang. By the 1800's, Americans were fascinated with gangs and gangsters such as the James Gang was one of the most notorious gang during this era formed in New York City during the late 1890's and early 1900's. The next era of and the group that started the gangs we like to refer to as urban gangs was formed by mobsters such as Al Capone, flourished during the 1920's and 30's gangs became a symbol of lower income neighborhoods and ethnic ghettos. During the early 1940's, Mexican gangs stated to formed along the west coast of the United States By the late 1960's and early 1970's, the more modern urban gangs we still see today such as the Crips gang in Los Angeles were it is so violent and entrenched in ghetto neighborhoods that a rival gangs formed to challenge the strength of the Crips know today as the Bloods.
Police corruption has increased dramatically with the illegal cocaine trade, with officers acting alone or in-groups to steal money from dealers or distribute cocaine themselves. Large groups of corrupt police have been caught in New York, New Orleans, Washington, DC, and Methodology: Corruption within police departments falls into two basic categories, which are external corruption and internal corruption. In this report I will concentrate only on external corruption because it has been the larger center of attention recently. I have decided to include the fairly recent accounts of corruption from a few major cities, mainly Detroit and Dearborn, because that is where I have lived for all my life. My ideas and examples have come straight from the book, along with some.