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Thread: The social relevance of gangs

  1. #1 The social relevance of gangs 
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    You all know what gangs are, I assume most people think gangs are harmful, using the word gang in the proper context. The urban and suburban type of gang, the drug dealing type of gang, the type of gang, which no longer has a purpose, never has, and need not exist. As I walk through the halls of my school, I see kids in ridiculous clothing, listening to explicitly violent music, and most of them do use drugs. I believe this gang ideology and popular culture is a threat to the intelligence of what was once a hopeful generation. Spreading unintelligence and idiocy. Gangs are a problem, from the wholesale operations of New York City drug dealers, to the wannabe high school kid with his friends emulating this seemingly brainwashing culture of violence, unintelligence, and idiocy. So, do you think gangs need to be dealt with?

    1. What problems are gangs causing?

    2. What are ways of dealing with these problems?

    3. Do you think compromise only breeds future complacency?


    I'd like you to answer these three questions, and decide for yourself the social and political relevance of gangs, and the risk they pose to public safety.


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    The trouble with trying to solve it is you can't put a whole gang on trial. You have to try them as individuals, even though they're not acting as individuals. It's complicated trying to pass a law against "being a gang member", because it's all too informal.

    One possibility would be to define gangs as a type of business or social organization, and require that they register themselves and submit to the same kind of regulation that other kinds of businesses or social organizations are subject to. Then maybe you could pass a law against running un-registered gangs.

    I'd laugh out loud if somebody walked into a Crips meeting or Hell's Angels and arrested them because they hadn't registered and paid their fees.


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    That does sound like quite the comical predicament. ;)
    And good idea. That's progress.
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