LOCAL VOICES: Compton gang summit; an observation
When you seek to have a Compton gang summit, you've already lost the war By OMAR BRADLEY Regarding a recent letter published in the Compton Herald ("LOCAL VOICES: Will the hard-core gang elements show up?"- July 13,
When you seek to have a Compton gang summit, you’ve already lost the war
By OMAR BRADLEY
Regarding a recent letter published in the Compton Herald (“LOCAL VOICES: Will the hard-core gang elements show up?”- July 13, 2016), this is not a criticism, however, it is an observation that might provide some informative data that, when applied to the problem, could lead to a palatable solution.
When you seek to have a gang summit, you’ve already lost the war. For in a very real since, the problem is that these young men see themselves as gang members. Perhaps a more intellectual approach would be to study the pathology of gang development and growth in South Los Angeles and Compton, and as a response to that data, determine what the needs of these young men truly are.
For the notion that one can bring hundreds or thousands of people committed to killing one another together, for peace, without accessing the elements that created their obtuse view of life, is like inviting a cancer cell to a leukemia conference and asking, “How can we cure leukemia?” Indeed and in fact, these young men don’t actually know why they bang! And, since this epidemic is now 40 years old, many of them are simply carrying out traditions that were a part of their community’s milieu long before most of them were born.
So, speaking from the perspective of one who actually put a major dent in gang violence and murder in Compton, I would suggest that you invite researchers, sociologist and psychologist to do a specialized and historical observation of the pathology of gang development and operations in our community, and then create a 10-point plan to address those issues.
After all, when scientists determine a course of treatment for a particular malady is proper and safe, they’ve usually undergone a substantial amount of research and testing. If you fail to follow this process, what you might see occur before, during and, after this event, are the side effects of when a media mongering mayor, seeks simplistic solutions that are only propagated to create her next sound bite for the press.
Omar Bradley is a former two-term mayor of Compton.