When folks mess with Americans, we go after them: Barack Obama.
In all reality gangs are an everyday way of life. Whether its streets gangs, political, or religious. We have grown accustomed to the way gangs think. Protect our own, do good for our community, and whoever steps on our toes, gets the business. Is this not what we tell our friends in elementary? When we get to high school? And doesn't Obama say it every time he brings up foreign policy? We value community and safety but don't value the smaller communities diversity.
When you are young you tell your friends, "I always have you back; you're my nigga. (homeboy, associate) " Then what happens when they fight? You fight. You guys are just preparing yourself for what follows in the next coming years. Yes, this may be different from culture to culture but it is in our history as people not to let things that anger us slide. The Buddhist in China aren't naturally going to start a war in India with the Gandhi people, sorry I don't know what that religion is called, but I bet if the Ghanaian people came beefing that would start a religious war within those areas. Just as we see in the Middle East.
As people hold different values they take offense at different levels. Think of these religious clicks as gangs, because they offer the same consequences, right? Believe in us and we will give you a better life, fuck with us we will leave your ass in the dust.
This has been proven in our history as a people and yet when asked about street gangs people are shocked at the civil violence. Aren't we just mimicking what we see in our world? We got bombed here in the US and what did we do? Retaliation. What happened when someone from the soufend shot one of my niggas in the CD? We retaliated.
Do not blame street gangs for the violence in our country, since we are mimicking whats happening on a global scale. The reason why it seams so bad locally is because the problem is a local problem and not an international problem.
We are at war against terrorism yet we are terrorizing ourselves. How can we change as a people if we don't address the problems we have locally. Meaning as a country we can not be so fast to jump while telling our citizens that we can not act the same way. It makes us all hypocrites to our own values and gives other countries such as Iran and Iraq to look at us in the same way. How can we tell them to be peaceful if we have local civil wars here everyday.
Be the change that you want to see in your community so that others can learn from you and replicate that behavior.