Chapter 3 - 'The Making of a Gangster'

by Jeron McCall

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"Sup little homie?" A teenage 135th Street Gangster Crip Gang member named Playboy asked as he passed Antoine.

"What's up?" Antoine responded in an admiringly way as he sat on his bike in front of his apartment building. Playboy walked by him and entered a waiting 2-door early 1980s Monte Carlo containing two other 135th Street Gangsters.

Playboy lived in the same apartment building as Antoine. He was 17 years old, and he had obtained his nickname because his mind seemed to be consumed with thoughts about women. Although he was young, he had already sired a child with his 16-year-old girlfriend, Ranika. They lived together with their son, in Ranika's mother's apartment. Despite being in a relationship, Playboy regularly engaged in sexual relations with other females, which often created conflict between him and Ranika. That led to incidents occurring that were displayed in public on Lemoli Avenue.

The gait with which Playboy walked impressed Antoine. It had often been said that people from Los Angeles walked in a distinctive manner. Since people from the ghettos and barrios of Los Angeles were the ones who inspired that commentary, their walk probably expressed the confidence that existed within them.

When Playboy passed Antoine, he walked as if he was the toughest person on Earth. His stride was smooth as he swayed from side to side as he walked. His image was hardened by the cornrow braids in his hair, along with his attire: royal blue jeans, white sweatshirt, and white Converse All Star shoes with thick blue shoestrings in them. Antoine sensed Playboy's confidence, and mistakenly believed that gangsters lived stress-free lives.

The reality was that stress was constantly present in the lives of gangbangers. They had their Civil Rights repeatedly violated by the police, they were always watchful for enemies who wanted to kill them, and there was little hope for them having successful and productive futures. But that awareness was foreign to Antoine. His pre-adolescent mind was incapable of understanding the gravity of the gangster lifestyle. And because he was ignorant, he decided that he wanted to be a gangster. That decision would lead to a series of bad choices that would mar his prospects for future success. Playboy would facilitate Antoine's entry into the world of gangbanging.

And because he was ignorant, he decided that he wanted to be a gangster. Th at decision would lead to a series of bad choices that would mar his prospects for future success. Playboy would facilitate Antoine's entry into the world of gangbanging.




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