Chapter 2 -
Wake Up Call for African American Community: Sizing Up South Carolina's Youth Gangs Problem
-Dr. Kenneth Campbell
Dr. Kenneth Campbell, a journalism and mass communications professor at the University of South Carolina and a volunteer with youth programs, shows that youth gangs and related violence are "all too prevalent among African Americans in South Carolina." Youths from both rural and urban areas are well aware of the activity, particularly in their own neighborhoods, middle schools and high schools, which are prime recruiting grounds. At the same time, too many parents are unaware of their children’s fascination with gang culture, and law enforcement officers and school officials disagree among themselves and with each other on the extent of youth gangs and related activity, largely because there is no consistent definition, which makes it more difficult to fight the problem.