Well I have a teenage son. He is my adopted son for past 10 years. He has done well in school and is now a freshmen at East High. I am beginning to see signs that gangs maybe recruiting him. His language and mannerism is changing. I read this article and learn everything I need to know about the signs to look for in my child. I now know that there is a chance my son maybe apart of this bull-crap. But what do the site offer for those kids like my son, who is on the cuff of making a mistake, but can be easily turned around. Where are the programs for these kids. Too much time and not enough investment into leadership programs mentor programs, career explorering programs. Peer pressure will override any and all literature.
Gangs derrive from these childdren Not having a man in the household or a void somewhere in their lives. My son who is adopted was a foster child and typically been a follower. I have tried over the years to try an instill some leadership qualities in him. How do developed early signs of being a follower at an early age, even though I was always aware of this, I still have to compete with his peers at school.
I wish parents would let these kids know that Real men stand alone and make his own decisions.The idea that a person need a Group of men(kids) to make him feel worthy is the epidemy of Weakness. The very idea of joining a Gang is Weak. What you are saying is that I don't know how to be a man, so I need other Hard-leg boyz to make me feel good and like me.
When did our race become so weak. I can answer that, when Men begin walking out on these babies leaving them to be raised by women only. These babies are now growing young men who are looking for love in all the wrong places. The girls are right behind them. They don't have a daddy, so join a gang to replace the "Daddy" I don't know. I am committed to making sure my son comes out of this okay. He is apart of the police explorer, but the fundng for that was eliminated. Anything that keeps hope alive in our youth always seem to me the first to go.
He feel the pressure of gangs in his school so deep that he is willing to jeopardize all that is good for some week boys who still live at home with their parents. Dang.
I know a lot of fortune 500 men, but the only gang members I know are DEAD or in Jail getting raped, or on their way to these two places. Oh by the way, these boys go in jail as men and come out questioning their sexual preferance now infecting women with HIV. Gang membership is a dealth trap for all of Memphis directly or indirectly with no possible good outcome.
Love yourself my brothers.
By Toby Sells
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