posted on May, 18 2008 @ 05:37 PM
Okay, are you talking Gangs, or gangs?
I mean, you may play basketball. But I'm a basketball player. Ask any 'Balla' and they will tell you it's a difference.
I earned my mark by playing JUCO ball. I can back up that I 'ball'. Alot of kids on the street play ball, but they aren't ball players. They
don't have what it take to make the leap to the next level. Think your local legend is good? I can take him to 5 places in my State alone (Alabama
isn't notorious for 'Balla's' so I'm sure Chicago (Kabrini Green) and NY (The Cage, Rucker) and out in Cali can produce more than just 5 spots,
where he won't even get on the court cause he just ain't good enough.
So, as you see, by definition a gang is merely a group of people brought together for a similar purporse. For some, that purpose is to smoke pot all
day. Not much of a gang. Even ones that work with bigger drugs and do small arms to acquire the goods or cash aren't that big. The average man, if
pissed off enough, can run them to the hills (and if really pissed can wipe them out. Usually these groups are small with little structure... no
'others' from another place to worry about coming back to get you) Now, I don't suggest fighting. Usually fear and being jacked up is enough for a
young punk to pull the trigger... and then you're shot. But if you are that type of Walking Tall man, it can be done.
Gangs, on the other hand, is the word given to minority Organized Crime. Which is funny, because the Mafia of fame is Italian (best believe the
Irish, Scotts, and others have them as well) so that gets them clumped into 'White' or 'Caucasian', meaning non-light skinned people fall into
Minority. It's a stupid label.
On it's best day the Bloods and Crypts could provide another Capone. The problem is the infighting. People at the top have enough to worry about
with the FBI. Might as well let the lessers (those cannon fodder) get picked up for roughing up the other groups, or each other. It seems once the top
ascended they really didn't have much purpose anymore (unless you got MAJOR movers, like Shug Night... ask Mr. Ice what he thinks about those
business practices) who move away from the Gang into individual efforts. Best believe he's got cash if a 'tough job' needs done, and guess who
If you are in, you are in. It's blood. And Omerta is the law, not just in Old Italy. Speak... and die. Of course now you can't even trust the
integrity of a crook, everyone turns these days.
It's quickly loosing the romanticism the Underworld once held. Still strong, less thriving than previous years. Maybe there will be another upswing
in the cycle, who knows.
Seriously, though, don't confuse those 12 hoodlums on the corner with real bona fide Hoods.