Blog The 10 Most Dangerous Gangs of the 21st Century Gangs have been terrorizing communities and fighting for turf for as long as street crime has been around. According to the National Gang Threat Assessment, there are approximately 1. Out of the tens of thousands of gangs in the world, these 10 have caused the most danger in the 21st century.
Part one can be found hereand part two can be found here. And, with just a few days left before the midterm elections, the President of the United States his given this abstract fear a shot of credibility by ordering the deployment of military troops to the border, where they will await the arrival of an exodus of Central Americans fleeing violence and upheaval.
The political and moral future of the nation, it has to be said, turns on the very idea of the U. In the Texas Senate race, Rep. Unlike the countless Democrats who have abetted the Republican demonization of the border and its insatiable demands for more border security, the El Paso representative has challenged the dominant vision of the border as a violent wasteland.
Without Texas, in other words, Republicans risk losing a well-worn road to the White House—let that sink in. A decisive vote in an election with national implications will depend on voter turnout in one of the most politically maligned, highly policed, and grossly underfunded regions in the country, where the president has made construction of a border wall a centerpiece of his legacy.
Nor is it a coincidence that Trump plans to send thousands of troops to this region ahead of the election; it is a show of force that smacks of a repressive and violent political system, one that for decades held South Texas in a vise grip designed to control and limit Latino political participation.
In its wake, it has been rare to see candidates for the U.
Senate appear in South Texas, midway between San Antonio and the border. My home county, Jim Wells, is named for an attorney and political boss who operated along the border and exercised power over its citizens.
The prevailing racial sentiment, which guided politics into the twentieth century, is reflected in an engraved plaque honoring Wells mounted inside the county courthouse: The latter ruled until the s.
My father often said that when I was a toddler, I shook hands with this younger Duke. He also described the fear Parr that instilled. Senate seat were found. Like much of South Texas boss politics, the Parr machine operated through ballot tampering—selectively distributing the poll tax receipts necessary to vote—and outright brutality.
Latinos in Texas are still referred to as Mexicans and whites as Anglos. The elder Parr, a Democratic state senator, consolidated power by appealing to whites and members of the Mexican-American elite, strategically distributing political offices and offering Mexican-Americans protection from the racist policies of the whites dominating civic and business life, often in exchange for votes.
But Latinos in Texas are still referred to as Mexicans and whites as Anglos.
Intimidate them into working for the pittance. It was, in every aspect.
When thousands of migrant children began arriving alone at the border inthe state government responded with the deployment of the state police and Texas National Guard—a border surge—along the borderlands of the Rio Grande Valley.
Nor has the border surge abated. In some towns, it is common to see troopers parked on every street corner. Inwhen a Raza Unida candidate defeated a white candidate for mayor in Pearsall, located south of San Antonio, a county judge tossed out ballots submitted by illiterate voters, claiming the absence of a signature rendered the votes invalid.
The winner, Paul Morales, was removed from office, an example of strong-arm tactics that, under the guise of protecting the vote, had a chilling effect that persisted for decades.
Congress about the oppressive voting conditions in Texas, and his testimony was instrumental in the expansion of the Voting Rights Act to include Latinos.
Race, Identity, and Mexican American Empowerment, The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, and it became a tool used by civil rights groups and the federal government to legally challenge discriminatory policies that undermined Latino representation.
During the following decades, however, Democrats essentially deserted Latino voters, preferring instead to wait for political demographics to swing in their direction. Ina Supreme Court ruling essentially gutted key components of the Voting Rights Act, specifically the provision that requires U.
Border Visions and Revisions In the absence of institutional barriers, voter neglect has been pervasive.The 20th century began without planes, televisions, and of course, computers.
These inventions radically transformed the lives of people around the globe, with many changes originating in the United States. The United States of America, “a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,” began as a slave society.
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The period of – was both a lively, and a stagnant time for the civil rights movement, with many protests coming to action like the Greensboro Sit Ins, which made large progress to desegregation and equality for black people.
The main handicap of authoritarian regimes in the 20th century—the desire to concentrate all information and power in one place—may become their decisive advantage in the 21st century.
On September 11th, two planes crashed into the North and South Twin Towers, The Pentagon, and an attempt to attack the White House.
In total there were 2, people killed in the attacks and 20 percent of Americans knew someone hurt or killed in the attacks.