First I now have better insight as to how to properly “step on” coke. Also, I’m surprised of how structured these fellows are. For having nothing they really pull it together. It’s amazing that one little dealer was able to drop $21,000 for weed. Being on an island probably worsen the chances of evading this gang lifestyle. It makes me wonder where I’d be if I were raised there. The corruption is terrifying. That one trafficker spoke so unconcerned when describing the process of getting coke into the country. How often does this happen in America? The zero tolerance policy of the police made me happy at first. However seeing the murder rate being ten times higher than the USA makes it seem like the policy isn’t working. Did the policy cause this or is the policy a result of this? It’s also really disheartening that Americans brought their influence of ecstasy into the mix. This video makes it seem Jamaica should just bulldoze everything and start over. They need to start growing more food and less weed. Although the Rastafarian way seems a little better than the rest of the criminal life. Those guys seemed pretty dedicated to their rum and weed.
Wow!! After viewing this documentary I no longer want to travel to Jamaica. I like what the statement made by the crack addict at the end, “Jamaica is a paradise, everything is already here, and we just made it (corrupt)”. To me that elude to the fact that Jamaica was once a very rich country to look upon, but because of the way people had to survive, it is now reduced to what we learned about in this video. I feel so sorry for them, I do not know how I would react if I had to live in that type of environment. If ganja is so illegal why is it so out in the open, dealers trying to sell to tourist and what not???? The gang activity is like out of hand over there in Jamaica. It seems like all they do is wake up to get ready to kill someone. They handle guns like it’s second their nature. It’s also hard to believe that the gang members care about what happens to the elderly and children in their garrisons. I guess if that is the only life they know, what else is there to do? Just like the police, they are going to care of you one way or the other!!!!
I find Jamaica to be a beautiful place located in the Caribbean; even though I have never been there, also as a destination to escape the reality of the real world. But the fact of the matter is that through all that beauty that it has to offer there is more to it than meets the eye. Before I watched this documentary I thought that Jamaica had violence, drug problems, and gang problems as well, but never at the level that it is at today. Major gangs or dons controlling sections of the city because they provide for the community and thus recruiting new members to their gangs by giving citizens what they need just to live. But isn’t like in other parts of the world as well? Where people are willing to do basically anything just to survive or make a quick buck because they need to provide for their family or just simply nothing else to live for.
This documentary from Ross Kemp was awesome he covered both sides the police and the gangs in Rio. He even covered the head of the Red Comandos Rio’s largest gang while in prison. This documentary was a direct discussion of our gangs in class. The people sought to come together because of lack of government resources from no public school, to no resources like food stamps or employment. The gangs come into these neighborhoods and offer protection, money even jobs doing illegal activities. I think what I found most appalling on this documentary was the part where the police killed the kid in the street right in front of the news camera. The gangs say that the police act as a gang themselves so this is why they continue to fight. They feel as if they have no choice with the police being as corrupt as they are I see no hope to end the gang violence. The saddest part was the kids and how involved in the gangs they are toting guns, being killed. With no education and terrible living conditions it will be hard to change the conditions. The population seems to exceed even the possibility o f changing the economic conditions with only 10 percent of the people having the most wealth. I am shocked and surprised that such a place was picked to host the summer Olympics. The prisons were some of the worst I have ever seen and to allow those men to continue to live in those conditions and then let them out seems crazy to me of course they are going to come out madder than ever.