Note how since the 1997 federal prosecution of Larry Hoover and other Chicago gang leaders, Chicago has erupted into a fury of gang violence. The national media and other publications, such as the USA Today Newspaper, have reported Chicago as the “Murder Capital.”  

With each passing year the violence has increased due to an unstable drug market. In 2012, Chicago witnessed over 500 gang related homicides. This surge is tied directly to the “Law of Consequences.” When law enforcement removes the influence of a career criminal the gangs naturally struggle for position and realignment of drug turf.

This, unquestionably, has been the case in Chicago where Larry Hoover and other gang leaders have been removed from the state prison system and placed in a supermax level 5 federal prison in Florence, Colorado. The Chief and other Chicago gang leaders are now imprisoned with the likes of Ramzi Yousef, the architect of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; “shoe bomber” Richard Reid; Robert Hanssen, a former FBI agent turned Russian spy; OKC bombing conspirator Terry Nicoles; “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski; and other gang leaders representing a constellation of violent groups from the Aryan Brotherhood to the Latin Kings.  

Turning to the question of how urban violence factors into the activities of cultural and entrepreneurial gangs.  By studying the differing institutional frameworks of each gang we can grasp the way in which they utilize violence. Cultural gangs, such as the Crips and Bloods,  employ violence predominantly as a symbolic aspect of gang loyalty and identity. Entrepreneurial gangs, such as those in Chicago, employ violence with comparable savagery, but with different goals. That is, the entrepreneurial gang employs violence for the purpose of controlling drug-selling territory or some other illicit activity or enforcing the loyalty norms of the operation, rather than for gang or social identity per se. 

In other words, the “block-banger” bangs for the sake of appearance, ego-the masculine identity. “Set-trippin'” is a part of his socialization process beginning with his pseudo-initiation, which distorts his ego and thus creates more conflict because the stake is based in values (glory and prestige) that are consciously oscillating between parties. The conflict his “ego-trip” creates has become principle from generation-to-generation.  Consequently,  the ‘expressive’ aspect of cultural gang violence involves impulsive and emotional defense of the gang, defense and glorification of the gang’s reputation. The “turf hogg,” on the other hand, vies to expand or control the drug markets that feed him. He is a capitalist in the strictest sense of the word. He strives to carve out his piece of the American pie. While his violence is destructive all the same as the “block-banger’s,” it is conventional and demonstrates how power is obtained in American society. To this end, we must question as Dr. Alvin Poussaint urged us in writing some forty years ago: “What has society done to our minds?” He goes on to add:

It is an ugly fact that the American experience has taught us that… violence is a way to success and manhood. Crime data indicate that Americans value guns and other destructive weapons. The whole frontier cowboy mentality sanctions and teaches violence. Television and movie folklore reinforce the popular conception that problems can be solved by violence. It is a rare occasion when the “good guys” do not triumph over the “bad guys” either by maiming or killing them.  Americans respect violence and often will not respond to the just demands of is citizens unless they are accompanied by violence. It was only after black riots and uprisings in the streets of our cities that whites were finally willing to listen to our grievances. Consequently, some of us have come to feel that the quickest [way] to solve any problem, personal or social, is through an impulsive act of violence.     

Unquestionably, violence is an ingrained feature of American life and the American psyche which cannot be easily eradicated. Thus, to detract from this fact by assigning the cause of violent behavior to some personal problem arising from psychosis is a euphemism that only allows for an escape goat.

Furthermore, as I explain in my recently published book–Domestic Genocide: The Institutionalization of Society–the violence that comes of our youth’s criminal activity is the very means by which America’s forefathers and descendants have benefited from the riddle hidden in A.M.E.R.I.C.A.’s spelling-C.R.I.M.E.

Crime and violence have been essential to the structuring of American society. Moreover, they have been essential to the progress of the capitalist for reasons explained by Aron Raymond:  “the capitalist regime can only function if their exists a group of men who possess capital. And [h]ow does this group of men come to be? It is not difficult to explain historically the formation of this group of capitalists: violence, force, guile, theft, and the other procedures traditional in [America’s] political history [that] easily account for the formation of a group of capitalist”

Accepted as such, the violence exercised by an entrepreneurial gang is tantamount in principle to that of the U.S. Armed Forces. The Gangster Disciples were for Larry Hoover what Major General Smedley of the U.S.M.C. explains he was for Standard Oil and other American Big Businesses:  

I spent thirty-three years and four months in active service as a member of our country’s most agile military force-the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from a second lieutenant to major-general. And during that period I spent most of my time being a high-class muscleman for Big Business, for Wall Street, and for the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism….  Thus I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for National City Bank boys to collect revenues in… I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras “right” for American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested. During those years I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. I was rewarded with honors, medals, promotions. Looking back on it, I feel I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three city districts. We Marines operated on three continents….

Therefore,  understand these kids that are killing in Chicago and elsewhere,  want to feel and be like an American. You know, be a patriot, proudly sail “their” flags high on the hill, pledge allegiance, and all that.

In the world of power plays and ghetto politics they are the lil’ dogs that snarl and stalk about with ambitions to bite like the big ones. Yet circumstances as they have been circumscribed to foster their ignorance, and thus their lack of resource, have forbid entry into big dogs’ arena. So they’ve been forced to create one of their own where the concrete jungles of Chicago’s Southside are their stomping grounds–that is, their Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.

Here the mission statement reads all the same: reap havoc and be King Manipulator so as they can secure the power and wealth created by their warfare. Thus there is no need to further rationalize, make excuses, or apologize for their violent behavior. It is what it is–the irony of this country: the American way plain and simple! For it has trained them well from K-12 to glorify and celebrate war. So much so, every history book they read implanted the Blueprint to dominate their world. And that’s not to mention how at recess they play war games as a child with toy guns and other weapons; built forts in the countryside; and watched movies and played video and computer games that romanticized and awarded the kill. This was only a drill for what someday would become real given the fact that in the ghetto guns and drugs are sprinkled about as if parade candies.  

That said, they are unlikely to accomplish anything in the way of true wealth and power because they’ve been conditioned to play their hand for crumbs in a world that has been made to appear to have its limits. Thus the instruments of violence they study and exercise are deemed selfish, meaningless and senseless in the greater scheme of things controlled by the big dogs. Again, their contrived ignorance and lack of resource has played its role to limit the potential benefit they are to gain from exercising a means that, had not been for their deprived state, has bestowed men with great influence and resource.  

Because of these shortcomings, they have grown desperate with feelings of ridicule and failure. America mocks them in their inability to pull themselves up by the boot strap and rise above this poverty. So now they stalk about their lil’ Iraq in strife on an ego trip seeking empowerment and an identity to be revered. Here, the “block” and the crumbs it feeds them are their oil reserves nourishing both ego and material starvation. The so-called opportunities it provides are the linchpin to their world (in)stability. But that’s “TOP SECRET.” Therefore, a National Defense Fund is required: (1) A rocket launcher in their pocket; (2) A shoebox defense fund; (3) The “set” as their Marine Corps-“WE TEACH THE SKILL TO GET KILLED”; and (4) A warmongering spirit to fuel their ambitions to topple world dictators Larry Hoover, Willie Lord, Tookie Williams, Joe Morgan, and the many other “Gods in who they Trust.”  

They are patriots to the flag too! Its colors? Well, let’s just say they are not red, white and blue, rather red, blue or black–if not simply the color of money. Moreover, the manner to which it is paraded about tells of their national character. They’ll defend it to the death. So when the flag goes up and the drama ensues because the reserves are low, for example, if there is anything they’ve learned about being an American, it is to kill simply to secure the market; to maim solely to be respected; to destroy insensibly to forestall competition; and when all else fails, make everybody out to be suckers to rob until they are blind, broke, and taking a blast of their dope because success they have been denied  due to a politician’s greed.

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