Crime And Gangs In America


Our readings blamed crime on: (1) social, physical and/or political environments; (2) lack of education; (3) joblessness; (4) injustice; (5) inequalities; (6) the lack of religious upbringing; and (7) psychological defects, including genetic disorders. I think those are the "ghosts" of crime. If lack of education was a cause for one turning to crime, then we would have to account for the tens of thousands, of people throughout history in America and the world who never turned to crime, but who had very little education. The same holds true for environment. The early American settlers lived in poverty but it did not turn them to crime. Crime was comparatively low in our early history. ...

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well-fed owners. Why? Some may say fear. Fear of Massah? Or maybe, the slave owners? Perhaps to a degree. Fear certainly is a motivator.
I do not think the average American criminal is much afraid of the law or society, today. Society is not their master. So I concede that fear will work, to a point. But only to a point and it really wasn't fear that made the slaves into decent people. I contend that it was more than fear that made the slaves of our history the way they were. The same things that motivated the early settlers to obey the law and has made millions of others in their wake obey the law. Early settlers, the pioneers, the slaves and millions of others, were family oriented, first. They operated as a unit. They were not islands unto themselves. They needed each other to survive. They counted their friends as brothers and sisters--as family. To commit crime was to betray family. To be a criminal was to lose family and friends and to bring shame to the ...

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