A Struggle on Growing Up in East Los Angeles
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Growing up in East L.A. was a struggle for me. Always having to watch my back because of gang violence was not the best thing in world but it was reality to me. The fear of being caught in gang crossfire was an everyday occurrence. Living in a better neighborhood without having to fear for your life would be a fantasy. Although many people in East L.A. honor where they live, I myself cannot wait till the day I leave. Gang Violence is very childish and disrespectful. Many teenagers think it may be cool but the fact is the gangs give people in their race a bad name.

In the County of Los Angeles and estimated 450 to 500 gangs operated on the streets of Los Angeles. In the Early 1990s, there were 60,000 Latino gang members and about 35,000 black gang members. Black and Latino gangs differ, with Latino gangs being more territorial then Black gangs. In both neighborhoods (Black and Latino) most of the residents were frustrated by gang problems. Many parents have their children bussed to different schools outside their community or sending the to private schools. Many parents did not want their children associated with gangs. There only alternative was to keep them away from gangs.

Gang Violence was at its high during the early 1990's. There were no rules. Drive-by was an everyday occurrence. On September 18, 1993 The Mexican Mafia called a meeting and dictated a truce, changing the way gang warfare would be conducted. They put a stop to drive-by shootings, and called for fights to be conducted face-to-face between gangs. Rather then having innocent people, they would rather have the other gang member killed. The Mexican Mafia stated "if you have to take care of business... at least do it with respect, do it with honor and dignity.” It also stated that if you would participate in any drive-bys that your gang would have a "Green Light” basically, the "Eme” would fire upon your gang. Many people felt that this would decrease gang v...

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