Sunday, August 3, 2014

From Carnalismo to Chaos

A new book written and compiled by veteran Colorado-DOC Gang Intelligence Lt. Steve Lucero and Gang Expert/Writer Gabe Morales covers "Chicano Gangs and History of the Southwest U.S."
They start off with the Mexican–American War, an armed conflict between the United States of America versus the United Mexican States, that took place between 1846 and 1848. During this war, U.S. forces quickly occupied New Mexico and California, then invaded parts of Northern Mexico and ultimately rode into Mexico City securing victory for the United States. The former Mexican citizens in these lands became American citizens overnight but most did not get rights promised and many had their land stolen. 
They then describe "Bandidos" of the latter half of the 19th century were often depicted in the media and books as either being fictionalized and romanticized “Latin Lovers” who were lazy and seduced women or shown as murderous, blood thirsty, no good thieving outlaws. Others said their criminal acts were committed as “social bandits”.
The book then delves into the evolution of Chicano Gangs from the Pachuco Era who were torn between two worlds and created their own culture, to the Vatos Locos, many of whom momentarily took on a spirit of Carnalismo and joined the “Movimiento” for Chicano Rights, to Cholos who regressed into gang banging, and the Homies of today who often prey on their own communities.
The book then breaks down this modern day chaos state by state and suggests that perhaps a new “War Against Gangs” or a “Moratorium on Violence” should take place in the Southwest United States. It is filled with historical pictures and first-hand accounts of how things got so out of hand and how we can prevent, intervene, and suppress violence for youth in the future no matter what color.  

The publication can be ordered at:

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