A to Z Challenge Letter “G” Gangsters…


I can only assume that the word Gangster is different than gangsta… Or perhaps the Mob or Mafia Isn’t really the same. Both groups do bad things but it’s not the same. Commonly referred to or not Gangsters meant something else when I was a kid.

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Al Capone

Even looking past the romanticized versions seen In film the Gangsters of old were violent but honorable. They can, and did have people killed, coerced, blackmailed, bribed. They preferred to negotiate over have turf wars and while some notable gang wars did occur it was between the gangs themselves.


Now… gangs are basically small terrorist cells Money and power still being the goal but the tactics are more on par with the Coyote and his acme products then anything else. Drive by shootings killing anyone near by, except the target. Initiations targeting random people to prove loyalty to the gang.

I just don’t know, maybe the comparison isn’t fair, perhaps the word itself did evolve and change and I am just behind the times… It seems to me from all the reading of the old Gangsters and the Police it was more like gamesmanship than anything else… now it just seems to be chaotic madness. I wonder, really wonder what Capone would think of the gangs today I wonder what a lot of them would think… I wonder what I think. What do you think?

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