Something for a G to think About

Posted: September 20, 2010 in Education, Gang Rationales, Gangs, Getting In, Getting Out, Informational, Personal Stories, School and the Gang Life, Women

For Those at Risk

“To those of you out there living the gang life or looking to get into it, please take a moment to let the following words soak in.

I have never met a gang member who wasn’t looking out for him- or herself first and foremost. The loyalty they show you to suck you into the lifestyle disappears the moment you decide not to risk spending the rest of your life in a jail. Not to be a moving target,  or the moment someone who outranks you suddenly has something against you. You are not the king or the queen of the streets as you are made to feel that you are. You are simply a scapegoat for dirty officials and drug dealers you’ll never even meet. Don’t fool yourselves – there are easier ways to live the hip-hop life. I mean you can wear the clothes, enjoy the music, do the dance, do it with those who stay in school and without getting yourself killed. All the police, judges, and politicians, and suburbanites you think you are hurting by your acts of delinquency are getting rich at the expense of your life.

If it is abuse at home that is making you turn to gangs, seek help. Please seek help. Go to a teacher, to a school counselor, talk to anyone you think can get you out of the abusive situation. But you have to understand that extreme situations often call for extreme measures.  Prepare yourself to make tough decisions that may feel as if they are the wrong things to do. Just understand that you have to get out and there is no time to be a pussy. Take control of your life before someone else makes you lose control. It’s amazing how so many good kids let a couple of assholes  ruin their reputations and then turn bad when they feel they have no choice. Or they get into a situation where they are hurt by a rival gang or a cop and suddenly have a reason to accept the gang way as the right way.

I can go on and on about the dos and don’ts of the streets but I’ll spare you the lecture. Bottom line is that standing on the corner acting tough does not make you tough. It makes you a stupid, ignorant asshole who fucks up everything for the rest of us. Get an education, and go live the life you think you are being denied.”

Reymondo Sanchez
former Latin King gang member
Pp. 285-286 in Once a King Always a King
Sanchez is also author of My Bloody Life.

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