interesting quote from another brotha in another forum:
It's an environmental thing. Put a white boy in compton and watch what happens to him. Put a white boy in orange mound (one of the more violent areas in memphis) and watch what happens to him. He hardens. Violence is part of his everyday life, so committing it is no thing. Everywhere he walks, he's watching his back because he may get jacked for no reason at all.
Another reason is parenting. kids everywhere from hoods to trailer parks are having kids at younger ages. Being kids themselves, they aren't ready to be parents and don't raise their kids right.
yea that's true. but it's not a racial thing. if a black kid grows up in a rich white neighborhood with no real street expierence at all, and then you take a white boy who's been living in rough neighborhood all his life, who do you think will be hardeR? the white kid who had to fight his way through most of his life, or the black kid that's spoiled? in most cases probably the white kid. same for every other race. whoever sees more, hears more, expierences more, and learns more, will be smarter, tougher, and have more street credit.
but jail is alot different from the streets. a white kid housed with 30 blacks guys in jail will be alot harder to earn the respect he can earn on the streets because he has nothing similar with these black guys, he knows nothing about them, and they know nothing about him. if the white kid's on the street, he probably lives in the same hood as the blacks, and that's already something in common. he'll live his life like the rest of the people do, and they'll eventully realize that the color of someones skin don't matter. in jail, most people don't usually look at a white kid coming from a bad hood and they stereotype him as an upper class white kid with no real street credit. in jail most times a white guy can't be the same as he was on the streets because he's gettin trouble from all angles. 1.if he tries to get down with the blacks, he may recieve abuse from the blacks for suggesting that, abuse from white supremecy groups for acting as a traitor, and guards may look down on him. 2.if he tries to get down with the white supremecist, that won't be his true self because all his life he grew up with blacks and he wouldn't want to do this. but sometimes things make people change and things happen. an example is that white crip member from the first HBO special bangin in little rock in 1994. he went into jail and now due to "expirences in jail" he's a member of a white supremecy gang. so he went from probably one of the only white boy in the neighborhood down with the crips, now because blacks did something to him in jail, he's a member of a white supremecy gang. that sucks how the blacks still knocked on him and thretened him so much he needed to join one of these gangs. i think his name was cool-aid or sumthn.