Bastards Of The Party Essay

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The Bastards of the Party In the movie, Sloan says that gangs were just a way of life in Los Angeles and that is the way kids grew up to be accepted by their peers. It was not because of poverty that kids necessarily joined these gangs but more of a brotherhood or family feeling. They had their own way to dress and gang symbols that made them know throughout the community. Gangs did not get along; they ruled their own part of town and if someone from another gang hurt or killed someone from their gang then they would get the same thing in return and it became I sort of war. Children often joined at an early age of 15 and were lucky to see 23. Sloan said that it was not like the ...view middle of the document...

Children often got nicknames because of their parents being in the gang or what they have done to “prove” themselves to the gang. I believe that society is at fault for these gangs, violence, and segregation still today because they forced them to live together in a certain part of the city where there was not much they could do to get out with no jobs. They forced them to do something to make things better for themselves and that is when they started forming gangs. At first it was not against each other but with each other. They were out to get what they deserved and to be treated as equals with the same opportunities as the white people. Then eventually when things kept getting worse and worse they started fighting amongst each other. If society would have just treated them as equals to begin with then there would not be this struggle still going on today. Sloan says that he is not trying to get rid of the gangs but to change them and put them on a different path. He doesn’t think gangs are an all bad thing but that they need redirection, the truth and the history. I think if most members of these gangs knew how they were created and why then they would have a new perspective on life and try to change just as Sloan did. If they knew they could have something else in life and it is not all about representing their hood, then they would change. I agree with Sloan that gangs are not all bad because it is like a brotherhood and for some the only family they have, and gangs could be a good thing if they were redirected to the right path. They could be a strong and forceful group in society and change it for the better.

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