Police Brutality And Low Income Areas

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Social movements emerge for a number of different reasons, specifically for gangs it is injustice and inequality: police brutality, racial discrimination, colorism, and poverty, due to a lack of education and school funding because of corrupt politicians. Gangs of America were born out of police brutality and low income areas, which tend to be segregated from other communities of wealth. Not only are their interactions with law enforcement negative, but they have a “dog eat dog” mentality with each other because of such high poverty rates.

Social movements emerge when a specific group of people feel that they are under extreme pressure and oppression. For example, the Crips formed in 1969 by Raymond Washington and Stanley “Tookie” Williams, as a response to increasing police harassment in their community (South Central History). Police brutality and harassment was so prevalent within the black community because it was mostly low-income, and it had high crime rates due to such high levels of poverty. South Los Angeles (LA), and Compton were, and still are, predominately black. Even today the gang culture exists because of low- income, low- education, and high crime rates. The Crips were a strong social movement rebelling against the oppression of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Crips stood for Community Resources for Independent People. It was modeled after the Black Panther Party, which was formed three years earlier, by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale,

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