Originally Posted by FloorJack
Inner city gangs fight over illegal drug retail areas. It's funded and fueled by the gang leaders.
Everyone's in the illegal drug dealing game for the money, from the lowest street hood, to the big banks. It's one of the few examples of the free market at work, especially at street level: there's no government regulations, no safety standards, no taxes to pay, no complex bureaucracy and paperwork to deal with, no health insurance to pay, no minimum wage to adhere to, no trade unions to bicker with, and no lawyers....
If you have a disagreement with a client, you deal with it via threats; if that doesn't work, then a bunch of thugs armed with baseball bats can do the trick. Failing that, you shoot them. It's the Ayn Rand model of unfettered capitalism at work... aka "mafiocracy".
No use blaming "the man" in the next neighborhood over.
It's not about the "next neighborhood over". They are all in the same boat, no matter what street they're from, in what neighborhood, in which city they're from, what colors they wear, and all the other arbitrary handles associated with the street-level drug trade. They all have a common enemy who they don't recognize as such, on account being unable to associate any particular individual as "the enemy". So they go for the nearest "available" object of their angst: the guy across the street, or those wearing a different uniform.