The Stickup Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

I would like to thank the people who supported me and made this book possible.

Karina Bautista: Thank you for convincing me to return to school and attend a community college in upstate New York. Thank you for introducing me to a world where ideas and justice mattered, which started me on the path toward a sociological understanding of life.

Felix Collado: Thank you for providing guidance as I made my transition back to school. Thank you for being my compddre for life, who always comes through when I have much to lose.

Mehdi Bozorghmehr and Lily Hoffman: Thank you for your support during my undergraduate years at the City College of the City University of New York, for introducing me to the rigors of the field of sociology and taking a gamble on me with letters of support. I hope you both feel that it has paid off.

Keith Thompson: Thank you for the many hours you spent encouraging my graduate school aspirations and answering the countless questions I had of this unknown milieu. Thank you for treating me like a colleague though I was an undergraduate and for introducing me to the world of teaching.

Gail Smith: Thank you for your magnificent lead as head of the CUNY Pipe Line Program, a wonderful program that supports undergraduate inner-city minorities pursuing careers in research and teaching. You are truly an inspiration, always knowing what to say to get us over the barriers and obstacles that were our lives. In the end, all your efforts were truly worth it.

Rebecca Tiger and Salvidor Vidal-Ortiz: Thank you for being gracious with your time, putting off your own graduate work, just to provide me with feedback as I started writing up my project. It was great to be in the company of brilliant minds and I hope to return the favor one day.

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  • The Stickup Kids - Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations (after Page 11 4) ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Preface xv
  • Introduction 1
  • Part One - Becoming Stickup Kids 33
  • One - The Rise of the South Bronx and Crack 35
  • Two - Crack Days- Getting Paid 56
  • Three - Rikers Island- Normalizing Violence 72
  • Four - The New York Boys- Tail Enders of the Crack Era 87
  • Five - Crack Is Dead 105
  • Part Two - Doing the Stickup 115
  • Six - The Girl 117
  • Seven - Gettin’ The Shit 136
  • Eight - Drug Robbery Torture 151
  • Nine - Splitting the Profits 176
  • Ten - Living the Dream- Life after a Drug Robbery 191
  • Part Three - Todo Tiene Su Final 203
  • Eleven - Fallen Stars 205
  • Conclusion 235
  • Notes 243
  • Index 267
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