Let me tell you a story about one of the biggest criminal enterprises ever to grow on American soil.
This gang was founded by a group of young men seeking to escape poverty. The founders of this group immigrated to the U.S. and formed bonds with other people – who were born in the U.S. – but shared similar ethnic roots.
These men grew up in some of the poorest communities in America. Initially, they hung out together for protection from gangs that targeted them for their nationality. This quickly evolved into a gang, which engaged in violence, murder, racketeering, blackmail, kidnapping, and other forms of organized crime. Their treacherous enterprises expanded across the United States and even formed ties to their home country.
Their notoriety is known around the world. The FBI has the gang bosses at the top of their most wanted lists. Movies have documented their brutality, greed, and disregard for American laws and values.
This group of men are the Italian mob.
What? Did you think I was gonna talk shit about Central Americans right off the bat? Se pasan!
Now let’s compare that gang to another group of young men who share a similar history: La Mara Salvatrucha (MS 13).
There’s no Martin Scorsese or Robert Deniro or Al Pacino glamorizing the Salvordoran gang syndicate or their family values.
There’s no Lufthansa heist, No Casino, No Bronx Tale, no Sopranos, no Eliot Ness, no justification for killing their foes or family members who weaken the family business.
But, why is that? Both gangs are carrying on the same enterprises. Both were formed by immigrants. Both affect the quality of life in America and abroad.
The answer – similar to many other topics in the United States – is that we glorify White criminals and we scapegoat people of color.
For example, President Donald Trump recently spoke in front of a crowd of chorizos and incited police brutality. He was specifically addressing MS13 when giving officers the green light to abuse the people they arrest.
Trump spoke about the members of La Mara as vile, foreign animals. The American public accepted this description of the gang and embraced it as much as the group of chorizos that cheered on the Commander-In-Chief’s puterias.
People know MS13 for its ethnic roots, but few know that this gang was born in Koreatown – right here in Los Angeles. The members were influenced by Heavy Metal Rock bands, which is why their gang sign is the hand making the devil horns.
More importantly, La Mara’s violent roots can be traced to the School of the Americas. There, the Salvadoran military received its training on violent tactics, which it inflicted on Salvadoran citizens during that country’s brutal civil war.
You can thank President Ronald Reagan and Oliver North for that babosada.
The children who witnessed the public torture and murder of their family members and neighbors were the same who fled their country. These kids ended up in Los Angeles and became the perfect recruits for MS 13.
In true American form, the law enforcement agencies in this country arrested, incarcerated, and deported those same children back to El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Mexico.
These young people took the LA gang culture and criminal ties with them – which are now terrorizing those countries – and created further immigration into the U.S. What else do you think the unaccompanied minors are fleeing?
America exports gang violence as much as it exports guns and other commodities.
Before we sign off, here’s a little fun fact for the White House. According to the FBI, there are 30,000 members in MS13 across the US and Latin America. Compare that to the 1.5 million members in all other gangs in this country: most of them are Bloods or Sureños.
#HoodDigest does not endorse gang violence, but if the President wants to call people incendiary names, he and the entire Department of Justice better check their fucking history and get their facts straight.