Girls Against Gangs
Women’s Rights Movements in the United States began in 1848. It was in May 1869 that Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton formed the National Woman Suffrage Association. The primary goal of the organization was to achieve voting rights for women by means of a Congressional amendment to the Constitution. Women’s Rights organizations have since developed worldwide. One of the main goals of these organizations is to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all the privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men. Anything they can do, we can do. So where did we go wrong with our girls and why are they not fighting for equality with us, or are they?
Starting in the 1980s, reports of female involvement in gangs, drug sales, and violence began to surface as a serious problem in America. If female gang members were mentioned at all, they were generally described as merely adjunct to male gang members. The males did not want the females vigorously participating with them in gang-related activities.
On December 11, 2011, the New York Post published an article entitled “Rise of the Girl Gangs.” It is in this article that Brad Hamilton reported, “When teen hoop star Tayshana Murphy was chased and shot dead by gang members in her project in Morningside Heights in September, few knew her death was a double tragedy. Despite being one of the city’s best high-school basketball players and a likely WNBA draft pick, Murphy had been drawn into a deadly street crew and was killed because of a rivalry with another gang. Cops now have revealed that Murphy was caught in a troubling new trend: good girls recruited by neighborhood gangs into lives of violence, where carrying weapons and committing crimes are as commonplace as shooting a free throw.”
For those that may not see this image in their backyard, it may appear to be fictional--a scene right out of a violent movie, but it is very real.
It appears as though the fight for women’s equality has veered off course. Did they want to have equal rights to men or was it something else that drew girls, who were raised to be sugar and spice and everything nice, into a life of violent crime?
What is the Problem? It is now 2014 and girl gangs are everywhere. They are cropping up in neighborhoods that you least expect. Some of these gangs have names to identify themselves and others are operating without a name, but they are gangs nonetheless. The violence is so brazen that they are posting their fights on social media. In many cases, there are adults that are not breaking up the fights, but instead promoting and pushing the fight. These girls look, at times, like you and I but their nightlife is very different. DT