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Mickey Mantle
“A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide.”
Mickey Mantle

“Thom pulled nervously at his ‘Kings’ t-shirt. The Kings are a brutal West African gang that he follows onscreen. Such ‘tourist shows’, as I understand they are called, have become wildly popular in recent years, as global unrest makes actual travel less popular.

Armoured imaging teams, using tiny remote drone cameras known as ‘flies’, take the viewer inside the violent, gang-controlled regions of Nigeria and Cameroon. Using a touch screen, viewers (or ‘zoners’ as they are sometimes called) can follow the action from multiple angles while cheering on their favourite gang.”
Paul Christensen, Reveries of the Dreamking

“I don't like the way people cherish the ghetto, as if it’s some royal palace, or kingdom. I also don't like the way people treat each other in the ghetto. It is really hard to find love, trust, and respect. You don't find too many people that want to do better for themselves in the ghetto because so many people seem to be satisfied with where they're at.”
Delano Johnson, Words That Changed the World

“The gangs filled a void in society, and the void was the absence of family life. The gang became a family. For some of those guys in the gang that was the only family they knew, because when their mothers had them they were too busy having children for other men. Some of them never knew their daddies. Their daddies never look back after they got their mothers pregnant, and those guys just grew up and they couldn’t relate to nobody.
When they had their problems, who could they have talked to? Nobody would listen, so they gravitated together and form a gang. George Mackey, the former representative for the historic Fox Hill community in The Bahamas.”
Drexel Deal, The Fight of My Life is Wrapped Up in My Father

Sol Yurick
“But Alonso kept smiling that smile and nothing made any sense with that smile looking you in the face. 'Jim, don't tell me that, you know, brother-shit. I have been through it all. Take, you know, advice. There is only one thing and that is the kick, the Now. Nothing else counts. Get yours. Get it because, you know, no one cares and they will always put you down in the end, Jim, and the only word that counts is, you know, Now. Not that foolish brother and bopping jazz, Jim. Now. Because if it all don't go up in any, you know, twenty minutes; up, all gone; then they are going to put you down and keep you down. Now.”
Sol Yurick, The Warriors

“The call to love our enemies is, without a doubt, the most difficult thing Jesus invited us to do. . . For gang members, the decision to not retaliate can be a life and death decision. It is a ridiculous call, and yet, as the cycle of violence is broken and Love spreads, the ripples of Love change the world.”
jamie west zumwalt, Beloved Chaos: moving from religion to Love in a red light district

“The truth is, it is the younger inexperience gangsters who often cut down the older original gangsters. The best way for this young thug to prove himself to others, is to simply cut down an established gangster.
Thus, this cruel cycle of senseless violence repeats itself, with the younger being more vicious and rootless than his predecessor. It’s the dog, who kills the lion, and once he has killed the lion, he’s no longer a dog; he’s now a lion himself.”
Drexel Deal, The Fight of My Life is Wrapped Up in My Father

Vann Chow
“Minding his own business had been his motto living in a strange foreign country with a world-recognized social issue of failing morals.”
Vann Chow, The White Man and the Pachinko Girl

“The fact is, all gangsters live in dog years. We come up fast in terms of making a name for ourselves, but, once our names have been established on the streets, we are on our way out.”
Drexel Deal, The Fight of My Life is Wrapped Up in My Father

“The 'thin blue line' is nothing more than the no snitching policy found in any other criminal gang.”
Dane Whalen

Connor Pritchard
“Those pinked-skinned Jesus freaks that made the laws and owned the prisons were makin' more money off the drug game than we ever did.”
Connor Pritchard, Killadelphia

“We had a genuine love for each other, and we loved being around each other, and in the gang was where I felt love. Troit Lynes, former death row inmate of Her Majesty Prison”
Drexel Deal, The Fight of My Life is Wrapped Up in My Father

“The groups in different areas that were affiliated with us knew one thing for sure, and that is that they could trust and respect the base. When you look at it, people want to know they have someone in their corner for the worst. Scrooge, former leader of the Rebellion Raiders street gang that once boasted of having some ten thousand members”
Drexel Deal, The Fight of My Life is Wrapped Up in My Father

“We really had a close netted structure to rely on for anything, you could have gone by anyone house and get something to eat. Whatever they were eating, they would’ve fed you, and all the mothers would’ve treated you just like they treated their own. What the gang also did, it provided some level of protection for a lot of the working adults in the neighborhood. They knew that their houses were safe, when they went out to work and didn’t have to worry about anyone breaking in to their homes. Scrooge, former leader of the Rebellion Raiders street gang that once boasted of having some ten thousand members”
Drexel Deal, The Fight of My Life is Wrapped Up in My Father

“Out of all the other gangs that were around, you could always have come to the reasoning table of the Rebellions without being fearful and present your case, and whatever is decided at the reasoning table you know that is what it will be, whether it’s war or peace. Unlike the other gangs that were around, you didn’t even know who to talk to. Scrooge, former leader of the Rebellion Raiders street gang that once boasted of having some ten thousand members”
Drexel Deal, The Fight of My Life is Wrapped Up in My Father

Carlos Salinas
“Cuz even a gangsta rapper can find redemption
For the sins committed before revelation.”
Carlos Salinas, Got the Flow: The Hip-Hop Diary of a Young Rapper

John Howard Griffin
“...[A] lot of them, without even understanding the cause, just give up. They take what they can-mostly in pleasure,and they make the grand gesture, the wild gesture, because what have they got to lose if they do die in a car wreck or a knife fight or something else equally stupid.”
John Howard Griffin, Black Like Me

Jeff Hobbs
“In East Orange, initiations were completed by murdering someone, for no other reason than to prove to a tremendously cold, tremendously tight brotherhood that you possessed the hardness required to watch their backs.”
Jeff Hobbs, The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League

Thomm Quackenbush
“I look at my students and have no trouble picturing just how successful they should be, if only we could remove them from the impetuses that brought them to the facility. If we could move them away from gangs. If we could get them into a rehab that stuck. If we could take them from people who abuse their trust, safety, and bodies.”
Thomm Quackenbush, Juvenile Justice: A Reference Handbook, 2nd Edition: A Reference Handbook

Johann Hari
“It would be as if the Navy Seals defected from the U.S. Army to help the Crips take over Los Angeles--and succeeded.”
Johann Hari

“The gang that I’m a part of was best known for its unity. But right now, it was quickly disintegrating, not from forces without, but from within. We were turning our guns on each other. I had already survived two such encounters that could’ve been fatal. Instead, both times I just limped away with a shot to my left leg. I wonder how unlucky can one leg be, to be hit twice with a .357 magnum. But who’s complaining? My left leg is as good as ever and I’m alive to fight another day.


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The gang that I’m a part of was best known for its unity. But right now, it was quickly disintegrating, not from forces without, but from within. We were turning our guns on each other. I had already survived two such encounters that could’ve been fatal. Instead, both times I just limped away with a shot to my left leg. I wonder how unlucky can one leg be, to be hit twice with a .357 magnum. But who’s complaining? My left leg is as good as ever and I’m alive to fight another day.”
Drexel Deal, The Fight of My Life is Wrapped Up in My Father

“When I look at it carefully, by examining the interviews and the various social scientists’ studies, it becomes easy for me to see that we all were just rebelling. Regardless of the area we grew up in or the gang we were affiliated with, or which part of the Western world we found ourselves in, we all were rebelling. We were rebelling and crying out for our fathers. We were rebelling against the home conditions that existed in our communities. We needed our fathers, but above all we wanted to be loved and accepted by them. Since we couldn’t find it at home and in our respective communities, we created it for ourselves.”
Drexel Deal, The Fight of My Life is Wrapped Up in My Father

Carter F. Smith
“Gang members have joined the military since the mid-1800s.”
Carter F. Smith, Gangs and the Military: Gangsters, Bikers, and Terrorists with Military Training

Carter F. Smith
“Gangs have had connections to the U.S. Military in every period since the founding of the country.”
Carter F. Smith, Gangs and the Military: Gangsters, Bikers, and Terrorists with Military Training

Carter F. Smith
“The first gang members who joined the military were known as the Hounds, a group of former New York gang members.”
Carter F. Smith, Gangs and the Military: Gangsters, Bikers, and Terrorists with Military Training

Carter F. Smith
“Congress has mandated an annual report on street gang, outlaw biker, and domestic extremist activity in the military since 2008.”
Carter F. Smith, Gangs and the Military: Gangsters, Bikers, and Terrorists with Military Training

V.J. Smith
“Do not rescue your children from the consequences of their actions-HOW TO TALK TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT GANGS, Author, V J SMITH, BARNES AND NOBLE NOOK BOOK”
V J Smith, AMAZING BOOK OF CRAFTS

Leslie Jamison
“Alfred said more people have died in LA gang conflicts than the troubles in Ireland. You'd never thought of it like that, which is his point: no one thinks of it like that.”
Leslie Jamison, The Empathy Exams

Roberto Lovato
“Forgetting begets forgetting begets ongoing mass murder.”
Roberto Lovato, Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas

Richard L. Currier
“In the modern world, the threat to human life and safety now comes almost exclusively from other human beings.”
Richard L. Currier, Unbound: How Eight Technologies Made Us Human, Transformed Society, and Brought Our World to the Brink

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