37th and Nicollet

Friday, December 15, 2006

It all comes from Prison

Prison, seems to be the point of culture growth for our young people. Boy is that a white guy thing to say. But Thug life is all about emulating life in prison. Like wearing your pants down low, a little sag has crept into everyday fashion, especially with urban youth. The etymology of that fad is that you don't get to wear a belt in prison. Most in serving time loose weight, so you get used to your pants falling down. SUR 13 proclaims its connection to the Mexican Mafia (basically a prison organization).
Its like when Tom Sawyer talks about how great white washing the fence is, his goal to convince eveyone else that its fun. This way he is not alone in his misery. Just like a couple of oldheads cooped up in a cell, the build a culture to make their life bearable, then they sell it to all who are buying. Make the outside like the inside and the inside gets a wee bit better. And with this you get the copycatters, who promote the thug life as something cool, but its just an act. Something to rebel with.
If "The Wild One" was made today; Brando would be a member of SUR IIIX, and it would be a mini van with a wing, not a motorcycle.


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