Miss(issippi) Me With That B.S.

The 2018 midterm election has created no shortage of news, from the massive voter turnout, to Trump claiming that the Florida election should be called in favor of Rick Scott and Rob DeSantis without a proper legal recount. In Mississippi news, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith will face Mike Espy in a runoff election on November 27th, […]

From the Projects to the Gangs

On November 2, 2018, Cyrell Haygood was found guilty of murdering George Booker Jr. in a gang-related execution. Gang violence has been a problem that New York has been battling since the Forty Thieves and the Roach Guards terrorized the Five Points in the 1820’s. However, as time has moved on, an even larger epidemic has risen: youth gang violence. Forty percent of all current gang members are juveniles and that number has been slowly rising in recent years. This number keeps increasing because New York City has made it impossible to most Black and Brown youth to escape the cycle of poverty that they were born into, forcing them to live in low-income areas where they are often left victim to gang violence.

“45.6 percent of New Yorkers are barely making ends meet, even with more adults working full-time since the recession.” Even though most of New York City is suffering from poverty, minorities are affected the most because they’ve already been trapped in a cycle of poverty for over a century. This means that there are more Hispanic, African American, and Asian children being born into poverty than white children. Living in poverty forces most minorities to live-in low-income areas, where gang violence is common. In addition to that, African Americans and Hispanics are already more likely to join gangs than their white counterparts. Therefore, many Black and Brown youth are either compelled to join gangs because it is what is seen as normal for men in their society, or because they want protection simply because they live in a certain territory. Unfortunately, whether the juveniles in these gang-related areas get involved in the gang activity or not, they are both often left victim to gang violence.