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Gangs in Virginia:  Resources and Information for Citizens of the Commonwealth

The Big Lie - Gangs

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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Family

Gangs Big Lie - Family Video VignetteAs seen in the first gang video, ‘The Wrong Family,’ gang members again tell the audience the reason they joined a gang was because they were looking for a sense of family.  They were looking for a replacement for the attention they were missing at home.  Gang members seek out new recruits who are missing key elements in their home life and prey upon those vulnerabilities to make their gang and themselves seem nurturing and supportive.  In this segment, you hear inactive gang members relate their realizations about being ‘used’ by their gangs and ultimately being ‘dispensable.’  One gang member even tells about learning the hard lesson that ‘no one rides for free,’ eventually the lie and the façade wear off, and kids will be required to do something negative (like hurting someone or committing some other crime) to benefit the gang.  This serves as a form of payback for the false sense of family they receive and shows their allegiance to the gang.  Ultimately, kids should remember family should never hurt or endanger them.  Instead, family (whether actual relatives or simply people who genuinely care) should provide positive love, encouragement, and support.

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Gangs in Virginia: The Big Lie

Influence

Gangs Big Lie - Influence Video VignetteIn this segment, inactive gang members from across Virginia explain how they use their influence to manipulate kids into joining gangs.  Gang members explain, “kids are easy to influence,” and breakdown how recruiters play on kids’ imperfect home life, or naivety, in an effort to deceive them.  Gang recruiters convince kids that gangs possess positive attributes.  However, it is all a lie!  Gangs are not about friendship, community, or promoting positive behaviors.  They are about violence, trouble, and breaking the law.  Gang members will use charisma, charm, and their influence to hide their real intentions and purpose.  Unfortunately, it is often too late before kids realize they were deceived and they become stuck in the gang lifestyle. 

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