essay stating why people join gangs great insight
Gangs are a violent reality that people have to deal with in today's cities. What has
made these groups come about? Why do kids feel that being in a gang is both an acceptable
and prestigious way to live? The long range answer to these questions can only be speculated
upon, but in the short term the answers are much easier to find. On the surface, gangs are a
direct result of human beings' personal wants and peer must find the way that these morals are
given to the individual. Unfortunately, these can only be hypothesized. However, by looking at
the way people are influenced in society, I believe there is good evidence to point the blame at
several institutions. These include the forces of the media, the government, theatre, drugs and
our economic system.
On the surface, gangs are caused by peer pressure and greed.
Many teens in gangs will
pressure peers into becoming part of a gang by making it all sound glamorous. Money is also
an crucial factor. A kid (a 6-10 year old, who is not yet a member) is shown that she/he could
make $200 to $400 for small time gang jobs. Although these are important factors they
are not strong enough to make kids do things that are strongly against their morals
One of the ways that kids morals are bent so that gang violence becomes more
acceptable is the influence of television and movies. The average child spends more time at a
TV than she/he spends in a classroom. Since nobody can completely turn off their minds, kids
must be learning something while watching the TV. Very few hours of television watched by
children are educational, so other ideas are being absorbed during...