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The Big Lie - Gangs

Prison

Gangs Big Lie - Prison Video VignetteIncarceration is a part of gang life.  What many gang recruiters do not explain is the harsh reality of life in prison.  It is not a fun place to be.  When someone is in jail or prison, he or she is alone.  Because a gang is often seen as a business (to gang members), when one of their “employees” is incarcerated, he or she is not able to make money for the gang and is therefore no use to the gang.  Repeatedly, in the video, the audience will hear how gang members are abandoned once they are incarcerated and the hardships suffered while behind bars. 

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Mentor

Gangs Big Lie - Mentor Video VignetteIn addition to exposing the lies gang members tell to kids, ‘The Big Lie’ educates kids about how to find positive activities and role models in their lives.  Gang members, and especially recruiters, portray themselves as positive influences to kids, however, as seen in previous sections- it is all a lie.  By explaining to kids that real mentors provide positive encouragement, support, leadership, and someone to be there for them, the video helps steer kids in the right direction.  The video explains that positive mentors are everywhere.  Teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, pastors, family members, and parents are not only possible mentors, but are a good resource to help kids find a mentor.  While mentors may not be actively recruiting, as gang members do, they are around- in every neighborhood, in every school, in every community- and truly can be a positive influence in a kid’s life. 

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Protection

Gangs Big Lie - Protection Video VignetteThe idea of protection is a selling point for gang recruiters.  They promise kids safety and security, however, this too is a lie.  In this vignette, several inactive gang members explain where the so-called protection they were promised, and that they sold to others, failed and ultimately caused them pain, and in one instance paralysis.  The gang, not only, fails to follow through on their promise of protection, but just being in a gang puts kids in danger.  Whether it is jail, the hospital, or even death, being in a gang increases the likelihood of ending up in one of those places.  The nature of gangs, and the activities associated with them, is one of violence and risk, which is the exact opposite of the ‘protection’ gang recruiters promise.

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Glorify

Gangs Big Lie - Glorify Video VignetteGang recruiters use the idea of ‘glory’ as a selling point to kids.  They convince kids that by joining a gang they are going to get rich, have all kinds of fun, and go somewhere in life.  In reality, gang members lead a sad, violent life and typically remain in the same neighborhood, on the same street corner, making the same about of money they did at the onset.  Our entertainment industry frequently glorifies the gang lifestyle as constant partying, and as an easy way to make money; however, it is all a lie.  As several inactive gang members will tell you, the supposed ‘money’ isn’t there and only goes to the top members in the gang.  Even an ‘OG’ (long time member / leader of the gang), frankly admits to the audience that he has none of the spoils he once believed gang life would provide.   

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