Katz’s Seduction of Crime

Another mark which Anderson observed with street oriented young people is that they are disorganized people. Anderson explained that in most “desperate circumstances, people have a limited understanding of priorities and consequences, and so frustrations mount over bills, food, and at times, liquor, cigarettes, and drugs. ”  He said that these people tend toward self-destructive and women are crack addicted or alcoholic and involved in complicated relationship with men.

This is aggravated by the lack of well paying jobs and the persistence of racial discrimination resulting to “deep seated bitterness and anger in many of the most desperate and poorest blacks, especially young people” (Anderson). Thus, the frustration associated with persistent poverty shortens the fuse in such people, contributing to lack of patience with everyone-child or adult- irritates them. From this, we can understand why this young people had become gangster or a band of cold blooded criminals. Anderson himself has said that these people are “profound casualties of the social and economic system.

At the onset, decent people generally regarded street-oriented young people as bad guys or trouble maker. But as Anderson clearly described the street life, we could draw some sort of concern for these young people. That is why, at least, by not so being judgmental of generalizing people in the community to share the same conviction. According to Anderson, street elements dominate the public spaces. He further observed that teenage girls “associated with the street become involved in group and individual fights.

”  Their goal, as Anderson noted, is often the same – to gain respect although in most cases, the conflicts are rooted in “assessment of beauty. ” Because of the dominant street ethics, even decent people feel it necessary to confront this uncivilized behavior in order to survive unmolested. Parents encourage their children to fight back against anyone who challenges them. As one thirteen year old girl in a detention center for youth who have committed violent acts told Anderson “to get people leave you alone, you gotta fight, talking don’t always get you out of stuff. ”

Perhaps, the irony of those people who fell victims or are affected by the creeds of street ethics is that why these breeds of unwanted and violent young people are so dominating in many communities: How long will they pose threats and danger to innocent and decent people who are trying hard their best to improve their lives through hard work and diligent effort. But so long as discrimination, lack of job opportunities and access to education continuously exist in their communities, the code of the street will always dominates the public spaces. Katz account of youth crime ranges from murder, shoplifting, and robbery.

With regards to murder, Katz said that often “killings occur in the midst of a robbery or kidnapping. ”  He offers these explanation for such killings:  (1) such individual hopes to have others fear them, to react with a sense of primordial fear of the dead; (2) cold blooded killers are frequently those who have spent a major portion of their lives in reforms schools and persons and have a great deal of difficulty accepting conventional morality; and, (3) there must be “killing scene” or opportunity for the potential killer actualize his fantasies.

According to Katz, cold blooded killers “are the modern equivalent or ancient duties…who were to be feared and approached only with greatest caution and proper respect. ”  That means, the object of the killer is to venerate himself to gain reputation and to being feared. Katz pointed out that their clothing, tattoos and use of street language, automatically conveys a message that one must avoid this individual. Destruction may follow without any deliberation. Thus, it suggests that killers are seduced by the notion that when he kills someone, he will be above others because he will be feared.