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I dont think I was even conscious that gangs existed and were a problem until 1991 That was the year that my friend Steph and I went to see the movie Boyz in the Hood directed by John Singleton When we chose to see that movie we really had no idea what it was about We chose is for two reasons one because nothing that was playing at the time except for Boyz looked remotely interesting and two Cuba Gooding Jr had a role in it and we both thought he was kind of cute It ended up being one of the best movies I have ever seen Boyz in the Hood is a story about three young men growing up in South Central Los Angeles a city where gang activity is very prominent This movie does a great job of depicting everyday life in The Hood which is unfortunately brutally violent at times Singletons movie ended up not only entertaining me but also made me aware of the gang problem that was and still is going on in our country todayThe movie made me aware of the fact that gangs were present in our country but I was pretty sure that gang violence was a problem only in major cities like Los Angeles and Chicago I thought if there was even a trace of gang activity going on close to St Cloud Minnesota the city I was born and raised in it was probably happening in Minneapolis maybe St Paul both far enough away to not affect me The truth was and is that gang violence is a nationwide problem that is happening in most every city The number of crimes committed by gangs are on the rise as well Even though the past few years the overall crime rate has either been stable or even dropping there has been a steady increase of crimes committed by teenagers and young adults affiliated with gangsFor
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