This volume examines special issues associated with providing services and guidance to African American men. Although this group of men is like any other in its struggle with its social and economic problems, African American men experience a higher rate of murder, imprisonment, unemployment and racism. The contributors to this book provide a broad, interdisciplinary view of the possible solutions to the different problems facing African American men.
Chapter 18: Gang Prevention and Intervention with African American Males
Gang Prevention and Intervention with African American Males
What motivates young men (and women) to join gangs? And more important, what can be done to intervene and prevent gang involvement by African American youth? This chapter examines these and several related issues. We begin with an examination of many of the background issues regarding gangs, then attempt to isolate the distinctively African American elements of contemporary urban street gangs, emphasizing how homes, schools, and communities can affect the lives of gang members, fringe members, and non-gang members. Three levels are identified for explanation and action in dealing with gangs, the motivations of individuals to join gangs, and the persistence of membership even in the face of violence and ...