By Bruce A. Jacobs
Road criminals reside in a perilous international, yet they can't depend upon the legal justice process to guard them from predation by way of fellow lawbreakers; they typically use retaliation as a mechanism for deterring and responding to victimization. This explores retaliation from the viewpoint of these who've skilled it first hand.
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Was his motherfucking scabs gonna clear? I didn’t think about none of that shit, fuck that . . he didn’t think about how my [infant] son is doing [when he carjacked me], he ain’t thinking about goddamn me, who was gonna put pads [diapers] on my son now. He didn’t think about was I gonna be able to pay my rent, you know what I’m saying, so I ain’t think about none of his shit. [Crazy Jay] The prominence of physical punishment in the street criminals’ preferred retaliatory repertoire is noteworthy because the universe of possible responses includes numerous other options.
Central to this attitude is an abiding sense of fatalism – the singular belief that whatever is going to happen is going to happen, so why worry about it. Fatalism is based on the notion that worrying absorbs valuable cognitive energy that might be better spent on more immediate concerns, and it does so at the expense of something over which you have little control. The ability of street offenders to discount worry about the future is especially important given that the most prominent dilemma of counter-retaliation is its uncertainty (for a discussion of ontological security and vulnerability in a street culture setting, see Topalli, Wright, and Fornango 2002).
The only fucking thing I had done [prior to being stopped] was being in a car with fucking people in it. [That’s it] . . that’s what they do. ’’ Or as Neck recalled: We was standing on the corner, police pulled up . . told us all to get against the wall . . We asked them, you know, what did we do, what we gotta get against the wall for? ‘That ain’t none of your motherfucking business! . ’ [T]hey searched us and shit, grabbed us, threw us against the wall . . and all this stuff. Told us to sit down on the curb and .