posted on Jan, 9 2013 @ 10:28 AM
Or simply tired of seeing the lifestyle glorified? Perhaps.
A combination? Again, perhaps.
As for me? All the above.
I've watched the phenomena of the "gang banger" lifestyle be glorified in song (?), and in movies, since the late '80's. ...kids growing up
wanting to become like their idols of song and movie...
Really? ...and so when they've become like unto their idols, only instead of being famous, they're in prison, I'm supposed to be sympathetic?
They make a conscious choice to be "bad", and in the process destroy not only themselves but others around them. My sympathy is limited to their
This isn't a democratic issue. This isn't a Republican issue. This is a choice that they made. Perhaps there were socioeconomic issues that
mitigated one way or another...and that would, indeed, be true enough. But they, these kids/young adults made a conscious choice to pick up that gun,
and go 'bangin', or whatever the hell the phrase was/is. ...and in the process destroyed lives, which included their own. Or a brother. Or a
sister. Or a parent. Or someone they didn't even know. Simply because they wanted to be "bad"...
Again, my sympathy lies with their victims. There are ways out of poverty. There are ways out of the inner city "ghettos"... None of those ways
require picking up a gun and shooting each other over some misguided concept of "turf", or "territory".
My best friend from my Alaska days was from South Central Los Angeles, and he got out of there by working his ass off and saving every scrap and dime
he earned. I worked, as a supervisor, sixty or seventy hours a day...he worked more. I had to send him home to get some sleep at least once or twice
He got out, and took most of his family with him. He lives in a little town just south of Portland, Oregon now.
He's not the only one to do that. He didn't need a "stash" from the gov't. Or a gun to kill some dude wearing red/blue... He got out with
sheer guts and determination.
To this day, he remains one of my heroes.
No body cares? I do. But my caring isn't going to do any good, unless, or until, they want to change it. Change has to come from within.
It can't be legislated, or applied from the outside.