|QUOTE (matsix @ Saturday, Jul 27 2013, 19:28)|
| God damn you people are idiots. As if you actually were a part of the mafia, or bloods, or crips. You act like you know everything.|
I used to live in a ghetto area, so no I'm not some random white guy living in the beautiful suburbs.
What I was trying to say is that although the mafia isn't still around, they still were organized and more smart than
the other idiotic street gangs. I wasn't saying they were the smartest people in the world because they obviously
weren't otherwise they'd be doing something other than selling drugs and alcohol, which was illegal at the time.
You try and make yourself out to be like you know so much about the way gangs are yet you're sitting on these
forums talking about video games and being a virtual criminal. I wouldn't be surprised if you were a couple of mr. rodgers
living in your perfect suburban house behind a computer screen.
First off, my post wasn't directly targeted at you. I was just describing the general demographic of this forum. Secondly, I'm not trying to come off as conceited or egotistical, but I've done a fair amount of research with regards to crime and racial history in the United States and I know for a fact that a large number of people in the V forum aren't aware of all the factors involved with crime in America. Most people on here automatically assume the mafia is smart and classy because that's how Hollywood has portrayed them for the most part. Like I said, the movies never show the full history of the mafia and how they started out as street gangs. The main reason Italians and Irish crime is done on a much more quiet level is because white Americans can easily "hide in plain sight". They can buy a business and use it as a front and keep it under control. The way the justice system is set up in America is that blacks are overwhelmingly given harsher, longer sentences for committing the same crime as a white person does. This puts them at an extreme disadvantage for setting up any type of organized criminal empire, it's damn near impossible for them achieve that due to various socioeconomic factors. Also, a lot of people are living in some kind of fantasy world where the mafia still has a lot of power, but the truth be told, their power is limited in the US nowadays due to many successful FBI operations during the 1970s, as Official General mentioned earlier in this thread. Many V forum users' only exposure to black culture is through Lil Wayne music videos and such, and they associate Lil Wayne with black criminals, which in fact makes no sense since Lil Wayne is not gangsta rap at all. I would venture to say that most rap music of today doesn't accurately represent the realities of street gangs, and that is a common misconception held here on these forums. In short, many V fourm users are stuck in a fantasy world where the mafia still runs all crime in America, but the reality is street gangs are now involved with most major organized in the United States. In fact, it is well known that Mexican street gangs like 18th Street have very strong ties to the Mexican mafia and various Mexican cartels. The point is, crime has changed in America since the 1970s. The mafia is no longer the most powerful criminal organization, and gangs like MS-13 are now worldwide. Unfortunately, too many members still believe that stuff like Godfather, Goodfellas, Sopranos, etc. still happen on a large scale today, when in fact it doesn't.
EDIT: @Offical general: It's good to see someone around here gets what I'm trying to say
Thanks for the support bro.