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Why is a group of italians or irish commiting crimes called the mob - but a group of blacks or mexicans a gang?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:19 PM on May. 8, 2011 in Just for Fun

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  • Mob and Gang sound equally criminal to me.

    Answer by ochsamom at 9:27 PM on May. 8, 2011

  • Ma·fi·a
       [mah-fee-uh, maf-ee-uh] Show IPA
    a hierarchically structured secret organization allegedly engaged in smuggling, racketeering, trafficking in narcotics, and other criminal activities in the U.S., Italy, and elsewhere.

       [mob] Show IPA noun, adjective, verb, mobbed, mob·bing.
    a disorderly or riotous crowd of people.

    gang 1 (ɡæŋ) [Click for IPA pronunciation guide]

    — n
    1. a group of people who associate together or act as an organized body, esp for criminal or illegal purposes

    I'm pretty sure "The Mob" is short for "Mafia".....

    Answer by BeachyBabe at 9:29 PM on May. 8, 2011

  • Initially mob was a contraction of the Latin phrase mobile vulgus, the fickle crowd. First cite for this in OED is 1688, under the definition 'a disorderly or riotous crowd, a rabble'.

    now as far as the names go.. it's a choice phrase that can be used interchangeably. Basically Mob, gangster are terms that both are used in the mafia (yes blacks had their own mafia too, as did the russians, the asians, etc etc.). The term "gangsta" is actually the term coined by the black community to describe it's more modern mafia's.. (mostly to distinguish itself away from other stereo typical mobsters like you'd see in films about older mobsters)

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 9:38 PM on May. 8, 2011

  • Pure n simple...racism. Have u seen the show the gangland? The gangs are so well organized in a structured hierarchy that the people on top are part of noncriminal organizations (judges, police). One gang member said he was expected to learn philosophy in order to move up, among other things.

    Answer by Vero0724 at 9:40 PM on May. 8, 2011

  • Hmmm... how about a little history.
    The James Gang (consisting of Jesse James, his brother Frank, and other WHITE people) were called a gang.

    The KKK ( all WHITE) was initially considered a gang.

    Many groups of Irish were considered 'gangs' in the 1900's. (By the way, these Irishmen were WHITE).

    Gangs were originally termed as such because they were considered 'street level' and they are all about displaying an 'outlaw' culture.

    The word "Mafia" is derived from and ITALIAN word Mafiosi. The word Mob has become the same as mafia. These 'Mob' groups usually run under the cover of legitiamacy and are more secret. These groups aren't "in your face" like gangs are.

    Answer by layh41407 at 9:51 PM on May. 8, 2011

  • They are very different. It's not racism at all. Gang members may also sell drugs but they're not organized crime.

    Answer by SwePea at 1:00 AM on May. 9, 2011

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