posted on Sep, 25 2010 @ 04:29 PM
reply to post by illusion987
Every child who grows up in poverty joins a gang? Wow, I better inform every one in my town that we are all sorts of special despite our high poverty
levels and high unemployment rate, because there are no gangs here.
I just can't wrap my head around your limited view of the world. Perhaps you live in a gang riddled town and have never been to any of the
neighboring areas. Most poverty stricken areas in the U.S, don't even have gangs. Although its funny to imagine all the children of the displaced
farmers/miners/mill workers running around in baggy pants doing their gang symbols ect.
Gang life is a culture. A culture that exists in some areas of the U.S. mostly in large metropolitan areas. A huge defining factor of whether someone
joins a gang or not is what kind of culture they grew up in.
Not every one who is poor has a bad life.
Note: This doe not apply to every poor person or every wealthy person, these are only examples.
Tell me which one of these child in the following examples has a better life.
Family is poor with several children, yet the parents are active in their children's life, teaching them values and respect. There may not be much
money, but there is plenty of love and the parents stress the importance of a good education Family can't afford cable t.v. so entertainment is the
family doing things together. Child learns responsibility by doing his part to help the family by doing chores.
Upper middle class, parents both work. Child is rarely supervised. Has more than enough toys, clothes ect. but not the attention of his parents.
Parents never help with school work and the only time they show concern about his school life is to berate him over his poor grades. Child spends most
of his time in front of t.v. or playing video games. Child has no responsibility.