Gangs in Oakland
Why might someone join a gang? Is it for protection, to be cool or what? Could a gang be the only option to have protection? Gangs are a small or a big group of criminal people.Some criminal gang members are “jumped in” or have to prove their loyalty by committing acts such as theft or violence. A member of a gang may be called a gangster or a thug.Also gangs may claim having control over territory in a community. From my research, it is clear that people join gangs for protection, but even so, gangs only cause problems in someone’s life, therefore there should be support programs to help people not join gangs and get out of gangs if they join.
To begin, people join gangs just to protect themselves. In the article “Element of racism among rival latino gang in Oakland” by Scott Johnson, it explains “Joining a gang was how I protected myself. I knew this was a group that would protect me. It was the only option I had”(Johnson). This source is credible because it was published May 22,2011 and also this article is related to my topic.This is explaining that the girl( Karina Najeva) had to join a group of gangs because she wanted protection.This is also showing that some people may join the group just because they really need someone to protect them. This girl had no choice but to decide that she had to join a group of gangs.
However, at the end gangs are not good and they only cause problems. “The past years the amount of gangs have increased and the most notable trends for 2011 have been the overall increase in gang membership and the expansion of criminal street gangs’ control of street-level drug sales and collaboration with rival gangs and other criminal organizations”(Frieden).Also the amount of crime that gangs have made has increased over the past 3 years. Over the past three years, the relative amount of crime inflicted by gang members appears to have increased. The new FBI report claims that gangs are responsible for 48% of violent crime (Frieden). This people don’t think before joining a gang. A oakland resident said “People who join a gang group don’t think that their lives is not going to be the same anymore or if they are going to end up in bad terms”(Personal Interview). This says that people just don’t see what are the consequences of being a part of a gang. In this case gang is a powerful word which means that gangs are the problem that there is a lot of violence in Oakland. Some people may argue that gangs don’t cause problems and that there’s consequences for joining in, But this is not true because of the evidence I found was that gangs bring violence and that they are the one doing crimes.
Furthermore, someone should stop gangs from preventing more violence in this community and they should have programs. A oakland resident said ¨There should be a program for youths so they won’t join a group of gangs and be safe in their own way. Also parents need to have the responsibility to check on their kids about if they are in bad steps or if they are being obligated to join a gang group. Parents should take their kids to a program where they talk about the consequences someone has when they enter in a gang member¨(Personal Interview). This person is credible because the date I interviewed was in 2017 . The purpose of this information is to get someone else idea about gangs. This is saying that if young teens are in a gang member they should know what will happen to them. Also this is saying although teens be in programs they won’t care about what will happen to them, they will still want to join just because some of them think when they join they have power or they get anything they want.
To conclude, gang members think that joining in may be a good idea but they don’t know how their lives will change,since it’s a really big impact in their lives. Gangs are not the only option to get protection, there are many other ways to stay protected.
“Gang interview”. Personal Interview. 9 Jan. 2017
“Gang Interview”. Personal Interview. 8 Jan. 2017
“FBI Report: Gang membership Spikes.” Web. 18 Jan. 2017.
“Element of racism among rival Latino gangs in Oakland” Article. 10 Jan. 2017.
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