This interview with Tupac was very interesting. The journey his life took is so sad because I can see his potential. What he has analyzed in this interview is proof he is smarter than people may perceive him as. I also think he underestimated what he could have achieved. Though he is legendary, I feel he could have been an even bigger icon. Had he received a better education he could have better articulated his analysis and his message better received by a larger audience. By him saying “gangs are positive” is ineffective in relaying his actual message, which is the importance of change. He claimed that the gangs should give the money they make on the streets back to their community. There are volunteer institutions that already do that in effort to better their community. In reality, gang members are not the people who would facilitate such commendable services to the community.
Robert Merton would explain deviance as a lack of opportunity plus stress on financial success plus egalitarian ideology results in anomie. In addition, structural strain breeds anti-social behavior. Conversely to what Tupac claims, he would stress that poverty does not necessarily lead to crime. It is the culture, not biology accounts for crime.