Item description for Thug Mentality Exposed by Rayford L. Johnson...
Overview What used to be considered just a tough, streetwise mentality from the ghetto has transcended itself into every culture, income class, and neighborhood throughout America. This volume will provide insight into various psychological models of what composes the thug mentality. (Christian)
Publishers Description Thug Mentality Exposed will take the reader on a raw and bold journey into the heart of the thug world through the eyes and experiences of a correctional counselor and photojournalist. Trends such as the hyphy, crunk, gangsta, goth and witchcraft movements among others are stealing the identities of ordinary kids and transforming them into hardened thugs through out America and many parts of the globe. These trends base themselves at the core of thug mentality and are ripping apart our society in ways that will forever change the social, moral, and financial foundations we have come to rely upon in our daily lives. Now is the time to educate ourselves on these deadly social issues that can drastically impact our loved ones. With this knowledge, we can begin healing by providing truth and hope to an expected at-risk population from being incarcerated or held bondage by deadly addictions which are leading many to an early grave. Did you know that 'pant saggin' actually started with male prostitutes in the prison system and that the word Thug actually derived from India out of a murderous religious cult? Discover numerous astounding facts like these in this riveting new book that you will not be able to set down.
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Studio: Crown Oak Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6" Width: 9" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.16 lbs.
Release Date Jun 6, 2007
Publisher Crown Oak Press
ISBN 1602663076 ISBN13 9781602663077
Reviews - What do customers think about Thug Mentality Exposed?
mugging others' religions Oct 22, 2007
I looked at this book in a bookstore recently. Perusing the table of contents, I saw a chapter referring to pagans. Being a pagan (as well as a Quaker) I checked out this section. The author seemed to feel that just about any religion other than his own is demonic or a cult. The section contained some rather tortured logic and questionable theology, not the best example for impressionable young students.
Apparently the author is employed by the California Dept. of Corrections (and only recently also Rehabilitation) which runs the state prisons. California's system of retributive punishment and prisons has resulted in some of the highest rates of imprisonment in the world. As I understand the situation, prison culture is an archetypical example of thug mentality on the part of many (though certainly not all) guards and prisoners alike. In particular, the former California Youth Authority seems to have inflicted rather cruel treatment on some wards, again, not a very good example. This culture would certainly benefit from fewer double standards and more Christlike behavior.
However, I must confess I didn't read the whole book. It may be that the "7 Steps to Overcoming Hostile and Impulsive Emotions" make up for some of its defects. And I have heard from sisters that many youth of color do feel hopeless about their future, so I am sure that any improvement in this would be good, no matter how it happens.
But I am sure better books are available for saving smart and inquiring young minds from developing a thug mentality. Peace Pilgrim's book might be helpful.
Editorial Reviews Oct 8, 2007
"I read the sections from the young men in prison and I shivered. Their commitment to complete lawlessness is frightening. Your point, however, isn't to scare people, but to wake us up. And you've certainly done that.
Someone reading this book WILL intercede in the life of someone they know who is beginning to walk down the path to destruction and any struggle you experienced in getting it done will be well worth it. Your commitment to giving these young people something to think about, in hopes that they will adopt more positive outlooks on life is to be commended. So many folks, their own families in some cases, have simply written them off as lost causes."
Genoa Barrow, Senior Staff Writer, The Sacramento Observer
"Ray, Your book will open the eyes of people who have no idea of what you deal with each day with the wards you supervise. I truly respect your commitment to your job and your ability to see and fulfill the calling on your life to reach a generation of youth who have no redemptive vision. I believe your book will make a difference in the lives of those who read it, motivating them to get involved in their area of influence. My prayers for you and your family are now more focused now that I know the intensity of your job and ministry. May you always walk in that calm and confidant spirit, making a difference? Have a wonderful day and, Be blessed."
Evangelist Alfred and Latrece Walker Enrichment Powerment Ministries
"This book is very compelling. The stories in the book are gripping and shocking! When I first picked up the book my intention was simply to read a chapter or two. But once I dipped into the depth of it it was over. The few pictures in the book are more than enough and are as powerful as the stories. The book is revealing yet at the same time spiritual and healing. Perfect timing for today's "Hyphy" movement. The stories and comments from interviews with prison wards and gang members are riveting and educating!
One of my favorite parts of the book is 7 Steps to Overcoming Hostile and Impulsive Emotions. Thug Mentality Exposed surprised me in a good way. From the sexual issues to the effects of marijuana smoking to the sorrow of incarceration to the questions of whether the thug culture promotes homosexuality to looking at females as a piece of meat to the consequence of sin to attire to profanity to tats and so much more. So much covered, explained, put out there. Rayford L. Johnson did a fabulous job writing this book." I highly recommend it and hope that many will partake in the reading of it." Terry Moore/Poet Nominated by the Los Angeles Black Music Awards in 2004 for "Best Spoken Word Performer".
"Thug Mentality Exposed is a much-needed journal, in a time when our youth continue to spiral in the wrong direction; downward. This book may very well encourage young people and old to steer their lives in a different direction; upward."