Gangs Have The Minds Of The United States Essay

1053 Words Jun 11th, 2016 5 Pages
In almost every urban community in the United States of America, gangs are present in the area. Street gangs have been around for many years, most notably as early as the 1820s. Street gangs have become more popular over time, with gang activity peaking in the 1980s until the late 1990s. Gangs typically recruit children as young as age 15 and 37% of gang members are under the age of 18. In more recent times the prevalence of gang has poisoned the minds of the youth in urban communities around the United States. Gangs have been a problem in urban communities for a very long time. The first gang to gain popularity in the United States was the 40 Thieves in New York City which was established around the year 1820. Since then over one hundred thousand gangs have come to existence in the USA. In recent times the most popular gangs in America are the Bloods, Crips, and the Latin Kings. These gangs all originated in the Los Angeles area.
Many gangs recruit children because they have very impressionable minds and they are easy to convince into joining a gang for its “positive benefits”. Some people join gangs to appear to be “cool” while many others join gangs to obtain a sense of family in their lives. Gangs typically promise the unconditional support that a family would provide in exchange for joining the gang. These misguided children are very attracted to these ideals and unknowingly join a criminal network that will ultimately get them killed or a life sentence in prison.…

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