Gangs are nothing new to American Society, what’s changed is the sub culture that’s been created within the society. Gangs today are based on territories, colors, race some will say “Well isn’t that the definition of a gang?”, true but what happens when, as Chief of the Gangs Bureau Deanna Rodriguez mentions, her mom can’t walk into a store on her corner because it’s taken over by 15 year olds in a gang? The state of gang violence in New York City seems to be higher now, with more incarcerated young boys compared to when some of the panelist grew up; journalist Curtis Stephen along with the host of Brooklyn Savvy Toni Williams. The Irish and Italians bought the gangs over to New York during the 19th and 20th century. In 2013, gangs have evolved into a mobile version with social media the gateway to communication. In an instant a group text is sent out to all the members to meet on this corner to kill this person. Prevention tactics by New York City has to be set before most youth are engaged in an act of criminal activity, a gang.
Project Re-direct has been in affect for about 5 years. Deanna Rodriguez established it in order to direct those incarcerated young boys with a future. A GPS bracelet is given to the released men, as a way to map their moves for themselves and their communities. Communities are becoming hostage to these gangs. Certain times of the day a park would be taken over by this gang , or it’s a certain day of the week so this color cannot be worn. Living with your freedom being taken or conform to the gangs around you.
While most think gang members chose that life, members have also been conditioned into that lifestyle by the age of 5 years old. Mom is a blood, dad is a blood now the child is a “Blood Drop” by default. Children are easily influenced in the beginning stages of their lives, not every child that has gang parents will become gang members but it is not surprising when it does happen.