To be honest with you metro-Atlanta ticks off 19 homicides in about 2 weeks. Still the accounts of the brutality of the crimes and the terror felt upon the community in Palm Springs CA points out, yet again, who suffers most from the plague of street piracy: the women trapped in close proximity to this dysfunctional behavior.
CATHEDRAL CITY, California — The master-planned Palm Springs Country Club Estates rose from the Southern California desert in the post-World War II boom, promising weary veterans and their families a fresh start with a sign that oozed optimism: "Come buy your dream home."
That promise abandoned this tract of dusty, single-story homes long ago, but its memory christened an unlikely legacy, one of the most notoriously violent Southern California street crews: the Barrio Dream Homes gang.
We are more likely to hear from certain critics about the legacy of racism associated with the "GI Bill" which allowed government entitlements paid to veterans to be applied toward real estate that respected housing discrimination practices rather than any detailed review of the present dysfunction. These street pirates will be said to be operating as a FUNCTION of this past discrimination rather than upon any organic abilities to render their own hatred per their actions.
After a two-year calm, the notorious gang is again the focus of police following a recent drive-by shooting that killed two and left three wounded, including a 2-month-old baby boy. The infant's father, who remains hospitalized with gunshot wounds, is a Barrio Dream Homes member, as is one of the dead, said police Lt. Chuck Robinson.
In Cathedral City, a 16-year-old mother was shot in the head as she showed off her newborn to friends. And in Indio, two men in costume were shot dead at a Halloween party.
The women suffer the most.
The Barrio Dream Homes gang, one of the most established, has a colorful history that stretches back generations to the first years after World War II and remains linked to three large Mexican families, according to court records.
When original plans for the ritzy Palm Springs Country Club Estates stagnated early on, 80 percent of the homes were sold to lower-income, working-class families. Many were immigrants who fled Los Angeles to escape growing prejudice from white city dwellers and had witnessed the tensions that spawned the infamous weeklong "Zoot Suit Riots" between Mexican-American men and U.S. sailors in 1943.
Strong distrust of law enforcement after the riots became a hallmark in their new community and that hostility coalesced into a gang. By the 1970s, members were conducting drive-by shootings and turf wars with rival gangs from nearby neighborhoods.
One such fight happened at a drive-in theater where gang members had gathered to watch the 1979 movie "The Warriors." The movie about rival New York gangs ended with several real people dead.
I strongly suspect that the Hispanic community is configured like the Black community and the progressive White community: a strong contingent of voice that can amass against police brutality. A tepid amount of ability to mitigate violence that comes from the individuals who don't wear badges. Instead the police and other "authorities" will be blamed for failing to protect the masses.
The Police Function Is Mandatory For A Civilized Community
This message is not directed at the members of any community that are disturbed by a pattern of abuse by the police, the resulting violence upon their people and the voicing of their concerns as a means of drawing attention to the problem.
I am focused upon the embedded operatives who's only goal is to claim the moral high ground against the antics of the police yet who's finger prints are upon the controls of the cultural tenor of the community. The young men who work against the interests of the community operate within an environment who's disciplinary tracks have been removed by those who now cry foul. They have outsourced so much of the inculcation duties to the government via their past advocacy. Today they return to indict that same government for brutally enforcing its laws. The enforcement of the laws is said to be taking away needed resources to fund the inculcation activities that they demand more of.
In as much as "the struggle never ends" so too is the case that this conflict will continue on. The perpetual demand for resources into the community as a means of mitigating the potentially hostile situation will exceed any evidence of the competency of the local community management forces to render control upon the direction of their young. The young are perpetually generated and the set of cultural norms that they need to be molded into need to be stable, rational and balanced.
Unfortunately those who have been fighting and/or grieving against the system as their core makeup are disinclined to doggedly enforce a system of control upon their own communities. The more profitable discourse is to feign outrage that the greater society has abandoned them as worthless and seek to unite their community by organizing a struggle against the greater society that new national leadership might show more care by redistributing needed resources within.
Little will be said about the need for local constraint and discipline as a matter that is NOT contingent upon the receipt of the nationalized entitlements and attention.