April 4 – Gang Aftermath
• Most males in gangs due to not having a father figure
What is the gang lifestyle? No personal space or personal stuff. We have this
misconception that gang members live in nice houses. This is untrue. You are
always on edge and thinking about violence. There are also wanna be’s.
there’s also an idea of excessive amounts of money and people backing you
up. This is untrue
Why do youth join gangs? They join gangs because they had no real role
models. They needed a place to find an identity. The gang gave people a
sense of who they are. You need to find a place that helps you form that
identity. The presence of extreme racism in society helped the gang give
them a sense of security. They compared being in a gang to being in a
family. The gang supplied excitement, power, and control over people. When
you have no sense of being, you love having a sense of creating fear in
others. Respect is another reason why people joined gangs.
What role did Rob Papin play in Derek Powder's life? Your life is always
haunted about who you were and where you came from. Sometimes, former
gang members never really stop seeing their identity as anything different
than gang members. Instead of being seen as tony the plumber, you are seen
as tony the ex-gangster. When leaving gangs, you never really leave. You are
often in the gang because of family members. You may have dads or bros in
gangs. These people were in gangs so you see it as a normal part of life.
There is a lot of going back and forth.
Why are most gang members male? Theres a lack of father figures
What is the role of identity?
What is the the role/place of women in or around gangs? A mattress or a
resource and something to be used. The girls carry the anger and weight of
their gangster BFs. Gangs create power for the powerless and hope for the
The mother of gang members likens being in a gang to wh