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Joining and Leaving Gangs

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    This website talks about all the ins and outs and why kids join and leave
     the gang life. The website talks about how many kids join a gang, bus most
     of them leave the gang within a year, which most people are surprised to
     believe. Even though they leave the gang, despite what most people think,
     the gangs usually don't retaliate on them but they are still believed as
     outcasts in the society.  
      
     This website relates to the book in a lot of ways. Tsotsi left his gang,
     and just like the website, no one retaliated against him or anything when
     he left. There were a few people that were confused and tried to convince
     him not to leave, but no one hurt him physically or anything. Also similar
     to the website, even though Tsotsi was changed and no longer a gang member,
     society still viewed him as part of the gang, and are still scared of him.

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A Human Being Died That Night

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A Human Being Died That Night recounts an extraordinary dialogue. Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, a psychologist who grew up in a black South Af...
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This book is similar to Tsotsi. This book talks about a man struggling with similar problems that Tsotsi did. This man Gobodo-Madikizela is in prison for terrible crimes, but talking with a psychiatrist opens up his conscience and he wants to forgive. In Tsotsi, Tsotsi lived a gang life, but had a sudden awakening, and felt compassion and mercy for the first time.  

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Youth Gangs

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The article youth      gangs talks about the involvement of youth in gangs. It talks about how      typical youth gangs are consisted of kids that have common interests, and      they usually arise from the slums. These gangs participate in unlawful      activities, but they also do things that are inside the law. The types of      crimes youth gangs would commit are theft, extortion and rape. These gangs      have been around since the 14th century. Also, according to the article,      the populations in cities were/ are terrified of the youth gangs. Despite      all of this, the article talks about programs set up to prevent youth form      joining gangs.

 

 

This article relates to Tsotsi in many      ways. In the book, Tsotsi remembers his past as a member of a youth gang.      He started off as very poor, and found a group of kids that were also poor,      and they had the common interest of stealing food so they wouldn’t starve.      In the book it says, “after the river gang-broken up one night by a      police raid- came other gangs of older boys, and harder, harsher lessons,      and that simple lesson of keeping his body alive another day.” (Fugard 168)      That shows how Tsotsi started off in a youth gang, and that gang taught him      to be the ruthless person that he became.

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Tsotsi

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Tsotsi is a real find, by one of the most affecting and moving writers of our time (Financial Times)-- and the novel is now being reiss...
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Tsotsi is a story about a      young man who is the leader of a very small gang. He is a very cold and      calculating man that doesn't care about anyone. His job is to choose who to      kill and rob by figuring out who is the most vulnerable and who has money.      He also chooses the ideal location of where to attack. Tsotsi is the gang      leaders name, and one day he is walking through the streets when one lady      runs up to him, and hands him her baby and then runs away. Tsotsi has no      idea what to do with the baby, but his conscious that he never had before      kicks in. That day changed his life. Now for the first time he has a new      perspective. He can't kill anymore and actually feels bad for his victims,      which he never has before. So now his goal in life goes from being a gang      leader to trying to do good.              The main theme of this story is that decency and compassion can survive      against all odds. That is the theme because in the beginning of the story      Tsotsi feels nothing and is just immersed in darkness and has a one street      track of mind. In the book it says "When he thought of himself inwardly,      Tsotsi thought of darkness." (Fugard, 34) So that shows that Tsotsi is dark      and doesn't care about anything but himself. But when he got the baby all      of that changed, and decency and compassion, things that Tsotsi never knew      he had prevailed and changed his life completely.              This book, is a pretty good book, although it's a little confusing to      read. The book had a lot of twists, but in the end, good prevailed. This      book shed a new light on the mind of a hard core criminal, and how they      think and react to things, which was really cool to learn and see that from      a different perspective. It also showed how someone that you may think is      hopeless and never will change, still can if given a chance. So overall I      liked this book, and would recommend it to other readers.

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Documentary - Leaving the Gang Life

This is a short documentary Alex Santos and I made for Film class. It takes a look into the lives of two ex-gang members: Jerry 'Sleepy' Perea and Javier 'Ca...
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This      documentary was mainly focused on two different men that had left the gangs      that they were in. One of the ex-gangsters got into the gang because he      never had people in his life, so he went to a gang to become his "family".      In his gang, they stole, sold drugs, and even killed. He got out of the      gang life, because he wanted to have a family, and didn't want his kids      mixed up in that, and just came to the realization that what he was doing      was wrong. The other ex-gang member got into a gang, because he wanted      respect from people, because he never got that from people. He committed      similar crimes as the other person. He decided to leave, because he figured      out that he wanted to make a living by working hard, and not stealing. Both      of these people joined gangs at very young ages, like 12 or 13.               This documentary greatly relates to the book Tsotsi. In the book, Tsotsi      joined a gang when he was 12 years old. He joined it for a similar reason      as the first gang member. Tsotsi had lost both parents, and had no one else      to turn to, other than a brotherhood of gangsters. Tsotsi committed crimes      just like them, murdering and stealing to make a living. But like the other      two, Tsotsi decided to leave his gang, but for a different reason. In the      book he is talking to a fellow gangster and says "Finished man. Like      breakfast, or yesterday or Boston. Finished cold." (Fugard 174) He says      that relating to him leaving the gang life. He was leaving forever, because      he had a baby, and the moment he had the baby, something sparked in him,      and for the first time felt mercy and compassion. He couldn't commit any      more crimes anymore. So just like the people in the documentary, Tsotsi      left his gang life, and started caring about life and the future.

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Mother With Baby

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In the book, Tsotsi is standing by a bush, when out of nowhere a women is running with a baby, being chased by someone. He was watching, and didn't realize that she ran straight towards him. She ran to him, handed him the baby, and ran off before he could react. Tsotsi kept the baby, and after that day his life completely changed for the better.

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Gang Violence

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This magazine talks      about gang violence. It says that many killing crimes committed are not      drug related despite what many people think, but turf related. Also the      magazine mentions that most homicides are in very public places, even      though most people think it's late at night in private places. Most gang      members it talks about are from cities, their not usually from rural areas.              In the book, Tsotsi and his gang committed many homicides. Like the      magazine says, most of the killings were in public places. The author      alludes to that when he said "But Tsotsi was closing in on his man, and      when the train, the 5:49, pulled into the station and the crowd surged for      the doors, he used that moment to close in on his man." (Fugard 11) He      mentions the crowd surging in on the train, clearly a public place.

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Johannesburg, South Africa

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Gangs

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This article      talks about gangs and everything that relates to them. It includes what      type of people are involved in gangs, and from what part of the country.      Including the Japanese Yakuza, the Chinese Triad, and in the west, Irish,      Russian and Italian Mafias. It talks about how most of the victims involved      in gang violence are gang members from other gangs. Although most of the      victims are from other gangs, there are still many innocent bystanders that      are injured or killed by gang members.               The article Gang Violence ties in with my book Tsotsi also. It ties in,      because Tsotsi, who is the main character, is a gang leader. He is involved      in many types of crimes. He coordinates all of the attacks or thefts and      himself and his gang execute them. In the book, Tsotsi says "The trains,      let's take one on the trains." (Fugard 4) That was Tsotsi talking about      where the next victim was going to be. His crimes involve anything from      theft to plain murder of innocent bystanders. So a lot of the story is      about Tsotsi's gang and the violence that they commit, and the article gang      violence talks all about that.

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