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Growing up in East LA was a struggle for me Always having to watch my back because of gang violence was not the best thing in world but it was reality to me The fear of being caught in gang crossfire was an everyday occurrence Living in a better neighborhood without having to fear for your life would be a fantasy Although many people in East LA honor where they live I myself cannot wait till the day I leave Gang Violence is very childish and disrespectful Many teenagers think it may be cool but the fact is the gangs give people in their race a bad name In the County of Los Angeles and estimated 450 to 500 gangs operated on the streets of Los Angeles In the Early 1990s there were 60000 Latino gang members and about 35000 black gang members Black and Latino gangs differ with Latino gangs being more territorial then Black gangs In both neighborhoods Black and Latino most of the residents were frustrated by gang problems Many parents have their children bussed to different schools outside their community or sending the to private schools Many parents did not want their children associated with gangs There only alternative was to keep them away from gangs Gang Violence was at its high during the early 1990s There were no rules Drive-by was an everyday occurrence On September 18 1993 The Mexican Mafia called a meeting and dictated a truce changing the way gang warfare would be conducted They put a stop to drive-by shootings and called for fights to be conducted face-to-face between gangs Rather then having innocent people they would rather have the other gang member killed The Mexican Mafia stated if you have to take care of business at least do it with respect do it with honor and dignity It also stated that if you would participate in any drive-bys that your gang would have a Green
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