Two well-known gangs in America, the Crips and the Bloods
were started in America. These gangs are
commonly known for their African American founders and are still known today for
their crimes and founders. Why are gang numbers
so large in America? Studies suggest poverty
numbers and lack of business growth in the community. In analysis of these numbers and facts, the
gang problem is attributed to the ever growing levels of poverty in South Los Angeles. These poverty levels originate in a variety
of different settings such as community, hospital clinics, crime, employment,
the food industry, homes, hospitals, prisons, schools and the over all
lifestyle in the area of South Los Angeles.
These issues are all very complex and all lead to poverty and gang
relations in this area.
of these gang related communities are failing.
In the community clinics, the numbers of uninsured patients increased by
20 percent from the year 2000 to 2006. Diabetes
is 44% higher, the infant mortality rate is 20% higher, and HIV rates are 38%
higher than in the surrounding Los Angeles areas. Hospitals bed availability rates in South Los
Angeles are 1.04 per person compared to the 4.15 per person in West Los Angeles. Southern LA resident’s unemployment rates are
over 14% and the average family income is $33,021 compared to the average
Beverly Hills income of $102,611. One
third of all income earned in South LA is spent on rent. Overcrowding and an increase of 797% in home
repossessions between the years of 2006 and 2007 are all large factors in the
upbringing of future Crips and Bloods in South LA. 45% of restaurants in South LA are fast food
joints. The average dropout percentage
rate for LA is 25%. 43% of residents do
not have a High School GED. All facts
represented are not only attributed to poverty and gang’s but also for the
surrounding community’s irresponsibility.
With the facts, the hope for a new
child’s success in this community is nearly impossible. The access to the money made off drugs proves
for faster payments. “Clearing the block
with a gun is a powerful feeling” stated one gang member in the film Crips and
Bloods: Made in America. The access to
drugs and guns and violence is an easier way to gain access to money. Gangs provide for security and a sense of
belonging. In the South LA area, you often
join gangs for protection and if you don’t, you potentially become a target
because of gang confusion just by the color of clothing and style of dress. People here are essentially locked in this
system. Fathers started this battle not
with each other but with the government then because of tension and problems in
the government their motives changed towards each other. This then turned neighborhoods against
neighborhoods and friends against friends.
This never ending cycle has resulted in poverty and low rates of any
success in these neighborhoods.
This gang problem is not just related
to gangs. All Americans have created
this problem. Originally this problem
was because of the segregation and stereotypes in the 1960’s. Gang riots began
to come about because of tension between the black community and the
Californian Government. Today this
tension and stereotypes still exist.
Change is a must in order for success in this 32 square mile community. Unless Bloods and Crips can drop all
differences, the gang war will continue.
Businesses and employers and most of all hope needs to return to South Los
Angeles. Without the outside community
and the rest of the world stepping in to lend a helping hand, this problem will
continue to grow. The Bloods and Crips
are not racially bound anymore because of an ever growing ethnicity America. This problem is getting very complex and
needs to change in order for the gang problem to cease in South Los Angeles and
the recovery of all effected individuals in this problem.