Why Young Black Americans Join Gangs and Why Black Americans Need a White Asset in Their Life

A shooting happened at a backyard BBQ in Fairfield, New Jersey. The cause of the shooting? Gang violence. There is a turf war between the Southside Young Boys and The Northside Young Boys. This turf war has been active since the 1960’s. Usually this gang does not involve actually shooting at people during confrontation. One witness said they let off a couple of rounds. This time, the shots lasted up to ten minutes. The shooting took the life of two people: Asia Hester, 25 and Kevin Elliot, 30. No one had heard any kind of commotion or arguing prior to the shooting.

The first thing that springs to mind when someone asks me why I think teenagers think it is a good idea to join a gang is because it provides a false sense of security. They usually have no sense of security from one or both their parents or teachers. Their parents decided not to be their own children’s role models so they were forced to fend for themselves. They may have disingenuous teachers that are there for a paycheck or are listless due to the fact that they reached their tenure. They have teachers who ignore the “bad eggs” and their potential and focus on the “good eggs” in their classrooms. In America, if you live in a low-cost urban community and are a person of color, you are much more likely to be pegged as a “bad egg” than white students. Funding for schools that are predominantly black have a tendency to have their funding cut and cut and cut. This isn’t a coincidence or an accident. This is American white supremacy fueling the stigma that American people of color, especially black Americans, are destined to be nothing more that a gang member, a drug dealer, a rapper or a basketball all star. They are deterred from learning any kind of trade that could give them any kind of real power in big business because of capitalism. Capitalism is rooted in white supremacy. Old crusty white men run America, and there should be an age limit as to how old you can be to become the POTUS.

Old white men are elected into office to keep their boots on the necks of the descendants of African Americans who were once enslaved. Black Americans are subliminally set up to fail. Not just by the American educational system (a system built on lies), but by Big Media as well. (A lot of Americans do not know that 90% of all American media is run by the few major corporations of the world. That is not journalism, that is agenda.)

Gangs were actually formed by disingenuous Black American men who felt betrayed by how they were treated after they had joined the army and served their country, dragged into wars that have nothing to do with them by crusty old white men who dragged them from Africa.

American gangs were born after the pressure cooker of racism the Klu Klux Klan created by picking up where they left off after World War I. The Black Panther Party was also created as a means of vigilantly justice to help keep the streets of predominately black neighborhoods safe from racist white cops. That’s what American gangs were formed from: vigilantly justice. Protecting their own because some of the white boys in blue refuse to.

I was not raised in a hoity-toity suburb. I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth. I was raised in and still live next to “the hood”. The only women who stuck up for me when I was getting bullied were black women. Literally every really bad bully I had to deal with growing up was a white girl. It got so bad that I had to once round up a group of my black girlfriends to hand the ass back to some stupid white bitch (whose nickname was “ground beef” because that’s how bad her acne was) that my then boyfriend was cheating on me with. My white privilege came in handy when I asked the crossing guard if Ground Beef had gotten off of the school bus, and the crossing guard let me know she was indeed home. She was too chicken-shit to come out of her house that day, of course.

I have never in my life been harassed by any Black American. Black Americans have embraced me since I was a little girl. Why I do not know. I was never pegged as a “wigger”, I was never harassed about my white privilege, I was actually accepted into their group. All of my bullies have been white girls or black women who pretend to be white. Every time I was in a group of white girls at school I got bullied.

The funny thing about that is, when I was hanging out with my black school mates, no white girl ever stepped to me. Ever.

My white privilege opened doors for people of color who could not open the door themselves. My connections protect them. Use me for my resources, I’m begging you! I protect black people’s safety because they always protected mine. I don’t know what it was like to deal with “reverse racism” like Eminem did. I wish we went to school together because those bullies would have been eating their teeth for a week if I ever caught them beating up a white boy just for being white. Black women taught me how to fight. There’s no hair pulling with this bitch: I will slap you Big Willy Style, trust and believe.

If I ever were to witness a Karen getting in the face of ANY person of color that I am within spitting distance of, bet on it that I’m going to introduce my can of mace to their eyeballs.

I digress.

I have a story to tell about a black female neighbor of mine. It is a heartbreaking story and an event that I am still in shock over and have not quite recovered from. I do not know if I will every fully recover from it.

Stay tuned for that tale. Make sure you have a box of tissues.

America IS divided: So What Now?

I think it’s safe to say that white supremacy in America has been more out in the open than it has been since the civil right’s movement, only it is now worse thanks to the internet.

Activism against racism is rising to the surface more than ever, thanks to the internet as well.

Where I live, it is a really bad idea to be white and wandering around suburbs late at night by yourself, and it is a much much worse idea to be white and wandering around the apartment complexes in my town. My Dad says it may be gang affiliated, which is a good guess, but it could also be a matter of argument over CI drugs (CI drugs, class one drugs, are “street drugs”). If you are caught by an officer in possession or are in the company of someone possessing them, you go straight to jail.

Last night my Dad told me that a second double homicide was committed a few blocks away from us. Just like the last shooting we had.

Most of the people who are in gangs and are drug dealers are people of color. It is a fact that I am sick to my stomach to say, but it is the truth, and it breaks my heart.

If I ever am held at gun point in my life where I live, I wouldn’t be upset because of the gun pointed at me. I would be upset because the person pointing it would most likely be a person of color trying to get rid of a witness, and that breaks my heart.

Every single time something like this happens near me it breaks my heart. I grew up around here. There are just as many POC as there are white people. That could mean that the person pointing the gun not only might likely be a POC, but somebody I could have grown up with.

That thought doesn’t just break my heart, but shatters it into a million pieces. Over and over again, every time that thought crosses my mind.

Watching people of color destroy each other is the most heartbreaking thing I have ever had to deal with in my life.

It is so painful as a white ally standing against racism, because using your voice while your throat is completely choked up with tears is more difficult than any POC will ever know. Even when I put in the work day to day, stuff like this still happens in a neighborhood like mine.

It affects my mental health.

White people say to me the same old thing over and over: “Don’t talk about racism if it’s going to make you upset every time. Stop trying to be the poster boy/girl for self-righteous indignation. Accept the things you cannot control”.

White people stopping their activism when they realize how dangerous it can be to be a true white ally is the reason the racism keeps happening. Just like men stopping their activism against accused sexual predators when people see the danger or drama you could put yourself in by being a male ally IS WHY IT KEEPS HAPPENING.

Have the balls to amplify your cause regardless of who tries to silence you. The more they try to keep you silent, the closer you get to actual change.

You have to build a very thick skin, but the rewards of growing it are more than worth it. Remind yourself of that the next time you feel your back is against the wall when you have an instinct telling you that you should be the one who finally says something because obviously nobody else will.

Be brave. The rewards of bravery are worth their weight in gold.

Welcome to Amerikkka

I don’t even know where to start.

When I watched the insurrection on the news, the first thing that popped into my head was “Holy shit, is Margaret Atwood some kind of prophet???!!!”

Can you imagine what could have happened if the White House was broken into by people who were carrying a shit ton of guns and bombs etc. that could have killed everyone in our government?

Can we all just put the bullshit aside, be adults, and have a serious discussion about this event in Amerikkkan history?

Every time I think about this, I think about how Camden, New Jersey had protests about George Floyd and police brutality. No one was killed. There were riots in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and no one was killed. There were protests in Trenton, New Jersey, and no one was killed.

Do you even know how many gangs exist and/or matriculate through New Jersey every year? How did New Jersey manage to have riots and protests with no casualties??!!

Can we all for a second forget how jaded and desensitized from sex and violence we’ve become? Can we not just talk about this, but listen to each other?

Evil can only be unstoppable if it is never confronted by a force of good that decides to be much bigger and more powerful than evil is. That means enemy must wave the white flag against enemy. That means rivals must stop and shake hands in the name of changing Amerikkka to America.

I have faith that the next time something like this happens, we will all agree to put our nonsense aside and fight for the greater good.

Blessed be.

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