By Laura Anderson
The book "8 Ball Chicks," written by Gini Sikes. It is a thrilling yet shocking book about girls in gangs. The book explains in horrific detail the roles and existences of the girls in these gangs. Sikes traveled to several different cities to experience the life of girl gangsters. She traveled to Los Angeles, San Antonio, and Milwaukee. Through these travels, she became immersed in the lifestyles of each gang and had first hand accounts on what it was like to be in a gang.
Sikes met many girls whom she could not believe what had persuaded them to live like they did. Most of the girls wanted to just fit in with something, to have power or be safe. Sikes recognized that all these girls were victims of their environment, so she sought out to see what she could present to show other people that children of poverty need a good education to be able to succeed and have a successful life. How ever they didn't know how to go about it. Gang life was all they knew because they grew up in it, and they were taught it. They would talk about their dreams outside of the gangs. Some of these girls were unable to achieve these dreams due to their lack of education (mainly because of their environment). Most all of the girls she meet grew up in poverty. Also because of poverty, a lot of their parents where just as bad as their kids. Some were raised by single mothers who slept around or were even prostitutes. Other girls were molested by their mother's boyfriends or their stepfathers. These girls had had a bleak out look for their future. Really all they knew how to do was survive . So all of them turned to gangs.
When a girl was initiated into gangs they had a couple of choices, get “jumped in” ( beat up by x amount of girls for x amount of time) or in an example for Part II the girl would roll dice and whatever number the dice amounted to was the amount of guys the girl would have to sleep with at once. They would call it a “train”. Most girls would choose that option. Once in a lot of these girls who joined gangs were basically viewed a sex objects. These girls would end up a pregnant at a young age . They were raped and beaten by their boyfriends. The abuse was endless , violence was just a way of life for them. By the end of the book some or most of these girls quit these gangs due to motherhood or the desire to want more. Here is one of their stories.
TJ was a member of the Lennox gang and the “Play Girl Gangstas.” When TJ was in the 9th grade, her mother moved to Lennox for cheaper housing due to her parents split. TJ was a good student until she moved to the Lennox, because TJ didn't like her new school her grades dropped. When her grades dropped, she was put into lower classes. In these classes, she meet Lennox gang members and so became influenced by them. Soon some male gang members began to notice her because of her looks. She enjoyed the attention she received so soon enough TJ began partying and hanging out with the guys at night. She felt love in comfort with them. She met a guy named Shotgun ( who beat her up so bad once that she had endured a miscarriage), which in turn made her even more popular with in the gang. As a result of her growing popularity she had a choice either to join the "Play Girl Gangstas" or get beaten up. Soon after she was initiated she began breaking into cars, stealing, and doing pretty much anything that would build up her reputation within that gang . Soon TJ became violent on account of the death of so many of her friends. In one part of the book Sikes describes how in retaliation of the death of her friends Rosa’s little brother .TJ disguised her self as a man and went out look for the boys killer. When she found him or what she thought was him she killed him point blank with a gun. By the ending of the book TJ ended up getting married and moving out of Lennox. She had a child at the age of 22. After she had her baby, her...