The Bandana Republic: A Literary Anthology by Gang Members and Their Affiliates

The Bandana Republic: A Literary Anthology by Gang Members and Their Affiliates by Rivera, Louis Reyes 1593761945 9781593761943
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Urban youth gangs are typically viewed as no more than training grounds for thugs and felons. This breakthrough anthology presents a far different picture, revealing present and former gang members and street activists artistic impulses, emotional sensitivities, political beliefs, and capacities to assess the social conditions that created them.The Bandana Republiccontains powerful writing: fiction and essays, poetry, and polemics written by adolescents from gangs like the Crips and Bloods and the Mexican Mafia. Theres also creative work by ex-gangbangers who have become activists, artists, musicians, and movie stars. J. Sheelers Seven Immortals finds grim poetry in a young girls gang initiation. Jaha Zainabus The Jungle (Blood Territory) is a lacerating portrait of an L.A. Blood. Commanders The Brothas Gunnin piercingly profiles a neighborhood and a world under siege. These writings give voice to an American subculture far richer and more complex than the headlines indicate.

Author: Rivera, Louis Reyes

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 288

Publisher: Soft Skull Press

Publication Date: 2008-05-28

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