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Racist Prison Gangs
1 John 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. (KJV) The children of God and the children of the devil have exact opposite and distinct characters. The children of God "fear" (respect, stand in awe of, worship) the Almighty God of the Bible and love His people. The children of the devil have NO fear whatsoever, they ridicule and blaspheme Almighty God, and hate Christians, Jews, or anyone who is not in their own little group. Anyone who continually harbors hate in their heart will eventually stand before the Great White Throne Judgment and hear the verdict: eternity in Hell!
The vicious racist murder of James Byrd Jr. in Jasper, Texas, is a disturbing fact that some inmates develop and spread racist beliefs as members of prison gangs. Prison officials estimate that up to 10 % of the nation's prison population are affiliated with such gangs.
Not only do racist prison gangs jeopardize the stability of the nation's penitentiaries, but when members of these gangs are released, they continue to express violent racist views and a strong animosity toward other races. At least two of the men indicted on capital charges for Byrd's murder are believed to have associated with members of the violent white supremacist prison gang Aryan Brotherhood during their incarceration at a prison in Tennessee Colony, Texas. According to law enforcement estimates, there are well over 400 Aryan Brotherhood members in Texas penitentiaries.
Inmates often segregate themselves according to race. White supremacist groups may prove appealing to white convicts looking for group protection. But, these racist prison gangs can raise levels of mutual suspicion and antagonism. In the wake of Byrd's murder, friends and neighbors of those charged have said that the alleged killers did not harbor racist feelings before they entered jail. A person harboring racist sentiments, but never acted on them before, could easily become radical in the racially charged prison environment where groups like Aryan Brotherhood offer them group identity and protection from other gangs.
Aryan Brotherhood started in California's San Quentin Prison in the 1960s and has since spread to other prisons throughout the United States. It engages in extortion, drug operations and violence in correctional facilities.
Aryan Brotherhood is not known to be as systematically organized as other prison gangs (such as the Bloods, Crips or the Mexican Mafia).
"Identity" is a pseudo-theological (false religion) hate movement that claims that Anglo-Saxons, not Jews, are the Biblical "chosen people," that non-whites are "mud people" on the level of animals and that Jews are the "children of Satan."
Other racist groups have emerged from behind bars as well. One of the men charged with Byrd's murder reportedly has a Klan tattoo depicting the lynching of a Black man, and another that reads "C.K.A.," which stands for Confederate Knights of America. C.K.A. is a small white supremacist prison gang in Texas penitentiaries.
Like Aryan Brotherhood, the white supremacist gang Nazi Low Riders (NLR) originated inside the California prison system, but also has active members beyond penitentiary walls. Serving a prison term seems to be a requirement for membership. The gang is controlled by the "seniors," all of whom have been NLR members for at least five years and are voted in by other seniors. Only seniors can induct new members, and are responsible for educating the members they recruit. There is reason to believe that Aryan Brotherhood aligned itself with NLR in the late 1970s or early 1980s, when the California Department of Corrections began cracking down on Aryan Brotherhood members, many of whom ended up isolated from the rest of the prison population because of their gang ties. NLR remained a separate gang, but helped promote Aryan Brotherhood's interests within the prison system.
Like Aryan Brotherhood, NLR rallies its members around standard racist propaganda and beliefs that bolster "white pride" while blaming Jews, Blacks and other minorities for most of the problems in America. Still, their activity is not limited to race-baiting: NLR members reportedly seek to dominate a significant portion of the prison drug trade and other criminal activity within the white penitentiary population. Outside of prisons, NLR members are involved in drug trafficking (especially methamphetamine, or speed) and have been responsible for a number of random attacks on Blacks.
Non-White Racists In Prison
White supremacist groups are not the only racist organizations active in prisons. The Nation of Islam, the Black Muslim group led by Minister Louis Farrakhan, has organized an extensive prison outreach program since 1984. NOI has fought, sometimes in court, to have its prison emissaries recognized as chaplains separate from the mainstream Muslim chaplaincy. Supporters of the prison outreach program argue that NOI's message of discipline and morality helps rehabilitate prisoners; moreover, NOI's prison emissaries help inmates find jobs and housing upon their release. However, critics worry that Farrakhan's beliefs -- including a long record of anti-Semitic and anti-white statements -- may spill over into NOI's prison outreach program and radicalize prisoners.
Prisoners identify themselves primarily along racial lines. This makes it easier for racist prison gangs. With the help of white supremacist "outreach" programs, they attract new members, especially those seeking protection. In such a racially charged environment, hatred toward members of other races often grows uncontrolled. This is not good, for when the inmates are released, they may commit race-based violent crimes when they are released. This makes prison gangs a problem not only for law enforcement officials, but for the law-abiding general community as well.
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