“They are treating the gangs like legitimate stake holders in the community. They are giving a voice and credibility to organized crime and organized criminal enterprises.”
The National Unity Summit failed. Few, if any gang members or gang leaders showed up.
The gang summit was a monumental waste of time. A bigger waste of time was the gullible low information news media who covered and indirectly promoted it. These naive babes in the woods love con men, grifters, charlatans, and frauds. Some even hire them to write columns.
The summit was conceived to generate publicity for the profiteers of murder and mayhem, the celebrity preachers, priests, community organizers, urban translators, interrupters, and politicians.
They are treating the gangs like legitimate stake holders in the community. They are giving a voice and credibility to organized crime and organized criminal enterprises.
There is a particularly large strain of low information people, from all walks of life, who seem to believe that doing something, anything, even if it is ridiculous, to address a critical issue is worthwhile. Just think, they let these people vote.
Supposedly gang members were to discuss violence and work with community leaders and clergy to find solutions to violence.