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.

Join host Toni Williams with her co hosts on Brooklyn Savvy
as they discuss gangs in New York City , particularly Brooklyn.


Author: Tiy Hampton

20 something year old New Yorker, that will make a difference. Open minded, talkative, only child. Shopping, traveling and food are my favorite. God first. I do radio, I model, I write, I report on events and conduct interviews. I believe you must do what you love in order to truly live. #ForTheLove

2 thoughts on “Gangs”

  1. I see your point. Before watching the episode on gangs from Brooklyn savvy, my definition is a gang is a group period, not always in a negative way just what the label is, I took things a step further, I wanted to know what the dictionary had to say about “gang”. a group or band: A gang of boys gathered around the winning pitcher.
    a group of youngsters or adolescents who associate closely, often exclusively, for social reasons, especially such a group engaging in delinquent behavior.
    a group of people with compatible tastes or mutual interests who gather together for social reasons: I’m throwing a party for the gang I bowl with.
    a group of persons working together; squad; shift: a gang of laborers.
    a group of persons associated for some criminal or other antisocial purpose: a gang of thieves.
    a set of tools, electronic components or circuits, oars, etc., arranged to work together or simultaneously.
    a group of identical or related items.
    The list actually goes on you see my point?
    Now I do think it is unfair to automatically label a group , such as the black panthers which was a policitial party as a gang. Hearing that term turns those Individuals into a negative look and why because they fought back against unfair treatment and it happen to have violent outcomes? Again it is society that comes up with these words, what can you expect it’s the American society like you said they began the first violent acts period with this land slaves native Americans so go figure.

  2. I first wanna say that anyone who promotes violence or mission statement is violence should be handled accordingly… Also a gang is two or more people in acting in concert period! So its safe to say that NYPD is a gang, there wear the same colors n they patrol all areas but! Cause there mission statement is to keep us safe there not considered a gang? The word gang has a negative stigma to it… So society labels gangs as bad… But im not saying that some arent.. Some are some are not depends on with gang u speak of…. Bloods, crips, nypd, a table of representives for a corpration, or just anyone who works together for a common goal. Next, u mentioned the irish if u understood what the conditions were for them smh, african americans with the black panther party and other GANGS… Which i sworn was a politcal party but was hit wit the gang title. Once u realize that revoltionarys are always scorned n giving unwanted labels.. U see y some promote violence cause there voice is not heard no were… Prime example middle eastern islamic terriost whatever the label is… People came on there land n took it n told them they werent worthy of keeping it cause they couldnt protect it.. N prove it by taking ur holy land n then gave to another people as a gift! Look at american history it was build of a revoltion by a gang of white men n women but there purpose n intentions were good.. So this country is is built on gangs n has alot of history with gangs… And project re direct i think is not the answer to this problem…Spend the money on other things then jails n insitutions.. N please dont get this confused im not saying bloods are the good guys..Im just reiterating gangs as a whole n socitey labels have alot to do with peoples understanding… Believe it or not… If ur were black in the 60’s in LA between the ages of 16-27 u would be blood or crip or w.e due to police violence…

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