People do not make culture; in fact, it is the reverse. Armed with this intellect, why do individuals choose to align themselves with such negativity? For enhancement, respect, survival, fitting-in, or having accessibility to facilities which are not necessarily obtainable in third world countries, where morals and civilisation prevail.
My confusion ends when I see the lack of opportunity and diversity in these urban areas; revisiting poignant memories and recalling previous encounters and possibly similar to some of yours.
Croydon, Surrey during 2003 in the last year of primary school saw the emergence of many teenage social groups; however, the most popular groups accommodated the worst trouble makers. They all spoke the same and shared the same sense of style, but most importantly they all appeared to be “respected.” Some of the perks that came with the come-up and the notoriety included females, identity, and security as they abided by their own set of rules. It was not until several years later I realised those dividends were nothing, but mere illusions.
Extract from my book: Who Am I?