Gangs are driven by the need to be noticed. I’m not speaking of the need for importance so much as I am the need for purpose. Being a member of a gang means that you matter and belong. It also protects you from feeling vulnerable. It’s terrifying to be exposed when you’ve been neglected or exploited.
Gangs are often made up of individuals whom family or society has failed. Joining a gang is appealing when it appears you don’t matter and seems as if no one will protect you.
What gangs cannot do, however, is protect you from pain. Every gang will eventually collapse. Like society, gangs are made up of sinful humans, and sin is a cancer that infects and destroys all things. – Kris Brossett