LOCAL VOICES: Will the hard-core gang elements show up?
Usually, only the OGs appear and commit to change; but often, they don't speak for the real hard-core gang soldiers By MICHAEL HILL Responding to the Compton Herald’s story (Compton empowerment peace summit set, July 12, 2016),
Usually, only the OGs appear and commit to change; but often, they don’t speak for the real hard-core gang soldiers
By MICHAEL HILL
Responding to the Compton Herald’s story (Compton empowerment peace summit set, July 12, 2016), Compton resident Michael Hill expressed doubts about a peace summit, which the hardest core elements of the gangs typically avoid – the editor
The Summit could gain ground if only the real key gang elements show up. Not the gang activists talking about the core members who contribute to the reality on the streets. Often, only the OG’s show up and commit to change. But often, they don’t speak for the real hard-core street soldiers who don’t usually appear at summits like this.
I don’t think it’s going to really bring about change because here on the West coast — Compton, especially, word seldom reaches the core group. It’s complicated to try to explain, really, though it is a good idea. The question is, will the attendees really be able to make an impact on the tough “real” streets? Something an intelligent individual might ask.
Most educated types don’t associate with the low life, and that’s who we have to reach. Not at the Dollarhide Center, but somewhere else, in neutral territory where there’s a sense of trust. Ask any experienced gang unit LEO about this, not our [law enforcement], where there still seems a bit of a division between City Hall and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
With all due respect to [good] intentions, we’ve got to get to the core group to see any change and to hear what life is really like at ground zero. Like I said, it’s complicated, but maybe achievable if we can go through the right channels, back channels, if that’s even possible. I don’t know anymore. Good luck anyway. Something beats nothing.
Michael Hill has been a resident of Compton for more than 60 years.