Thursday, April 15, 2010

This Newark NJ story took me to a few places just too disturbing to write about in detail.
N.J. authorities charge 11 Grape Street Crips gang members with gun, cocaine trafficking
led to this video: Meet The New Jersey Grape Street Crips.

Two sides of the gang "business." Selling drugs & guns. Other businessmen using gang culture to sell product: a magazine, music, clothes. But when I see "crews," for every hustling young guy with the cellphone, there's two or three guys just hanging around, not knowing what to do with their hands (shirts cover pants pockets), bored, posing, probably unreliable for all but simplest tasks or thugwork, so bad at simple arithmetic they can't be trusted to handle money.

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