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...their dreams, and any possible chance of being something important in this world and “ failure to live up to those norms brings a loss of honor and ones self-image is tarnished for either not promoting or defending these norms” (Vigil 229) . Like many residents of Baltimore, this mask they wear is used as a shield to keep the police away from harming the members of the community and to avoid deadly encounters like the one Freddie Gray did in the spring of 2015. If they choose to remove this mask, they are offering others the ability to take control and advantage of them. Without this control and power that gang identity offers, many members will eventually end up either harmed or possibly dead. Violence does not only apply to gang members, but as well as to police officers who are willing to win the respect of others by triggering rage and ciaos in urban communities.
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