Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Another reason to move to Uruguay

Joanne Jacobs, who runs a useful blog on education, posts about an incident in a Denver suburb, an incident where a guy came in and tore up the store where his girlfriend worked.
[Joseph Manzanares’s] girlfriend told police that they had been arguing about the upbringing of their son and which gang he should belong to. The teen mother, who is black, told authorities she is a member of the Crips, police said. Manzanares is Hispanic and belongs to the Westside Ballers gang, the woman told police.

These are teenagers with this little disagreement about family traditions. Read the whole story here. Jacobs also mentions a school administrator who tells her that sometimes kindergartens are asked not to seat together children who claim different gangs. Get that ... kindergarten!
I covered a trial once where a video of a kid's fifth birthday party was entered into evidence. The birthday cake was decorated with a representation of a 1911 Colt pistol, the emblem of the Hermandad de Pistoleros Latinos. The kid's father was an HPL member.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of the time I tried to explain the American Civil War as a Norteno/Sureno conflict. The El Paso ESL class responded with a sudden intake of breath followed by a looong silence. I remembered cultural symbols don't translate.