In a 250-word journal response, address how the quote above (from early in Gang Leader) connects with and contributes to the prevalence of gang activity in low-income neighborhoods in America. One key aspect to consider is the psychological effect of being labelled (or even worse, treated) as an “outcast” or excluded from mainstream society in some way, whether that’s economically, socially, voting, etc. Another aspect to consider in your response is what you think individuals and communities in lower income neighborhoods need to combat the sentiments and challenges reflected in the quote above–I.e. how does one combat and overcome the challenges of growing up poor and disenfranchised, and not give in to gang life?In your response, provide real-life examples (from experience, current events, CJ world examples, etc.) to bolster your claims.“‘You mean you don’t have any white friends?’ I asked. ‘You have any black friends?’ Old Time countered with a sly grin. I didn’t need to answer. ‘And you may want to ask your professors if they have any,’ he said, clearly pleased with his rebuke. From these conversations I started to gain a bit of perspective on what it takes to be black in Chicago. The overriding sentiment was that given how the city operated, there was little chance for significant social progress,” (Venkatesh, 2008, p.7-8).

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