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Gangland

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Yesterday there was a marathon of shows dealing with gangs and the gang culture in the United States.  As I was watching a few episodes of Gangland, a alarming trend started to develop in the stories of how the gang problem grew in certain areas.  There were two gangs that thrive in Charlotte, NC and Columbia, SC that have gained so much power that there are police task forces set aside just for them.  The alarming trend that I mentioned was that the violence and drug trade associated with these gangs had become a problem long before the police decided to intervene.  Both cities had officials that ignored or downplayed the problem so they would not have to worry about it.  The funny thing is that these gangs were comprised primarily african-americans and were located in exclusive african-american neighborhoods.  I think this is why the public officials ignored it because the rampant violence and criminal activity was confined to a small area and segment of the public.  This trend of downplaying the problem ties into whites saying that racial prejudice is no longer a problem in our society and its not until a blatant racial act that effects the white people is when they acknowledge there is a problem as in the case of the gangs.  Do you think the public officials are that sinister or do you think that they truthfully did not see a rising gang problem until it spilled over on their suburban streets?

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Written by mato89

March 6, 2010 at 4:33 pm

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  1. This is very interesting, because gang violence has been going on for a very time, and maybe officials just do not care. There was a gang problem going on in my area, but until the students brought the violence to our school, that’s when the police started to become concerned. I don’t know if that is sinister, well maybe it is, but it almost seems as if the police and government officials don’t really give a crap about black on black crimes..

    medusmango

    March 6, 2010 at 6:23 pm


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