Youth Gangs, Scourge of Society or family substitute
Posted by pauaprincess on June 24, 2007
Last week I wrote about Sharon Salt and touched briefly on the reason she is being evicted from her state house, the DMS (Dope, Money,Sex) gang. You can view the TV One report of the DMS gang at this link where they deny they are in a gang. Judge for yourself, this is one of their online videos, Warning: judicious use of the F word, click at your peril:
A little google research turned up some interesting sights in relation to DMS, they use 33 as an insignia, doesn’t take a genius to work out C is the 3rd letter of the alphabet and 33 therefore affiliates them to Central Crips. They wear blue, which also affiliates them with the Crip family. Other gangs use other numbers/letters to denote their localities/chapters, such as HK who affiliate themselves with the suburb of New Lynn, who use 827, the first 3 digits of telephone numbers in the New Lynn area. Reading their websites on myspace and Bebo is something of an experience. Most of the pages have memorials to those who lost their lives in the service of the gangs. Lots of photos of them posing with their fellow gang members for photos and the text is a strange mix of caps and lower case with text spelling, which leads me to wonder how often they availed themselves of their free education, I’m not sure if its cool or they really have no idea how to spell. These gangs model themselves on American Street Gangs, they wear the clothing, subscribe to the views put forth in music and the American gun culture.
So yes, despite their protestations, DMS are a gang who inhabit Rangeview Rd, causing unrest and mayhem. More specifically they hang out around Sharon Salts residence and she has done nothing about it. Sharon Salt is fighting her eviction. This is the link to the latest story on the re hearing.
The fact is, more and more of our youths internationally are turning to gangs as a substitute for family. This has to stop. Police can only do so much, parents need to take action and take a lot more responsibility. It isn’t good enough for Sharon Salt to say her boys are adults and make their own choices, they make choices based upon the upbringing she afforded them. Sharon does nothing about them hanging around her property and supports them against the neighbours and the law. Perhaps if, when Sharons boys first began being brought home by the Police, as they surely would have been for disorder, their own safety, shoplifting etc, Sharon had supported the laws of the land and properly supervised her children, this wouldn’t be happening now.
A few weeks ago I was out on a ride along with the Police in a different area. Responding to a disorder call we located a group of boys and girls, the youngest being 11. They were tipping over bins, making lots of noise and when approached were aggressive and rude. The girls in the group were taken home for their own safety. I have never seen such foul mouthed and disrespectful children in my life and their mother was no better, swearing at Police and mouthing off. This is the sort of attitude Police have against them in trying to deal with troubled youths who end up in such gangs. I’ve no doubt the girls in question will become solo mothers, gang ho’s and drug addicts, you can see it clearly in their complete lack of respect for everything and everyone, including sadly, themselves!
As parents it is our responsibility to ensure our children don’t lack for a sense of belonging and don’t need to join a gang. To give our children structure, balance, boundaries and morality.
Moreover, while American culture has some outstanding history and culture, this is not America and there is no need for the youth of New Zealand to emulate a distructive American counter culture. How proud they must feel of themselves, copying American Murderers and Murdering themselves, just because they heard about it in a song. Where is the pride in self? The pride in our nation?