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Striving to be a failure: The reality of gangs, jail cells and coffins

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Great overview of the realities of gang life written by someone who has experienced them firsthand.

Synopsis

The incarcerated author writes an in-depth unfiltered look into the harsh reality of Gangs! The book includes real gang stories, that illustrate the harsh deadly nature of street gangs in America. From the brutal Initiations, the senseless gang wars, to the elevated danger that comes with being an incarcerated gang member. The book demonstrates how joining a gang is practically "Striving to be a Failure"!
The author is a 33-year-old black man, from Los Angeles, California. He has been incarcerated since he was 17 years old for a gang related murder. After 15 years and counting in prison, the author has done the had work required for him to rehabilitate himself, and now he is back on a mission to redemption! This book is was written with the intentions to deter anyone, specifically our youth from joining gangs! The book is also a gang awareness book that gives everyone a look into the harsh nature of street gangs!

In Striving to Be a Failure, Perrie Thompson has written an accessible work for anyone considering joining a gang or anyone working with people for whom gangs are attractive options, particularly teens and young adults. As a former gang member and current prison inmate, Thompson lends credibility to the narrative while staying on point. He keeps the discussion real in his coverage of topics such as initiation, gang wars, and discipline within the gang. One particularly poignant moment was this mention of a person who tried, and failed, gang initiation:


"When the one minute and sixty-two seconds had expired, and the guy getting jumped in was still standing, the senior member got very upset and ordered the three guys to continue to jump him in. They went on to beat this guy for another 10 minutes until they broke his jaw, and he fell to the ground, where he was then kicked in the face several times and told he did not make the cut. I stood there in complete shock at the fact they did this to this guy. This guy fought hard to show his heart and loyalty to the gang, only to be kicked in the face and rejected by the people he wanted to be his friend." - Striving to be a Failure DONE 2 (1) eBok (Kindle Locations 120-124). 


The book has questions at the end of each chapter and thus would be ideal in group settings or for one-on-one work. It is quite short at 9,000 words, and thus can be read individually in a couple of hours, or by groups in a few sessions.


I look forward to more works by this author, as I think he has a great deal to offer both the youth and adults of America.

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Synopsis

The incarcerated author writes an in-depth unfiltered look into the harsh reality of Gangs! The book includes real gang stories, that illustrate the harsh deadly nature of street gangs in America. From the brutal Initiations, the senseless gang wars, to the elevated danger that comes with being an incarcerated gang member. The book demonstrates how joining a gang is practically "Striving to be a Failure"!
The author is a 33-year-old black man, from Los Angeles, California. He has been incarcerated since he was 17 years old for a gang related murder. After 15 years and counting in prison, the author has done the had work required for him to rehabilitate himself, and now he is back on a mission to redemption! This book is was written with the intentions to deter anyone, specifically our youth from joining gangs! The book is also a gang awareness book that gives everyone a look into the harsh nature of street gangs!

The Birth of Gangs

Contrary to popular belief, most gangs in urban

communities were not created to be criminal 

organizations. Most of gangs started off as 

organizations working to fight systematic oppression, 

promote equality, and protect the community. Today,

many of these organizations have evolved into criminal 

street gangs. These street gangs have no sensible 

objective and promote a community and selfdestructive ideology. Each year, around the country,

tens of thousands of young people are murdering each 

other in honor of gangs that have no positive nor 

progressive agenda. Millions have lost their lives to death or prison in honor of gangs they cannot tell you 

the history of. I am speaking from experience. I can not 

tell you who created the gang I was from, I cannot tell 

you when it was created, nor can I tell you why it was 

created. All I know is it derives from Stanley Williams 

creation of the Crips. However, before his death,

Stanley admitted his creation of the Crips was not to 

promote a self-destructive community, and he died 

denouncing the gang. He also expressed his regret for 

creating one of the most dangerous gangs in the United 

States, this was not his intention. However, today many

people are still killing and dying in honor of something

that was created for the opposite of what it has turned 

into.

If people stop for a second and study their gang’s 

history, they may discover it was created for a positive,

progressive reasons, or they may discover no one truly 

knows its history. Once you take the time to learn about 

the gang and its culture, you will realize you are 

throwing your life away for something that has no 

sensible objective and makes zero sense! The only thing 

for sure is, your life will end in a early brutal death or a 

lengthy prison sentence! Is this your destiny?

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CHAPTER ONE IN REVIEW

Questions & Answers

Please write 2-3 sentences answering the 

following questions:

1. What did you learn from this chapter?

2. Why was the gang you are from or interested 

in joining created?

3. Do you think gangs have a positive purpose? If 

so, give us a few examples?


About the author

Perrie Thompson is a 33-yearÔŅĺold man from Los Angeles, California, who is and, has been incarcerated since he was 17 years old for murder. Perrie accepts responsibility for the pain and destruction he inflicted on his community, and this book is one of his ways of giving back to his community! view profile

Published on December 03, 2020

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9000 words

Contains explicit content ‚ö†ÔłŹ

Genre: Self-help & Self-improvement

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