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Man Infiltrates Chicago Gang, Does Research for 7 Years

This is the incredible dissertation story of Columbia Professor and Sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh.  They say doing a PhD is a killer, but this is on another level. Read/listen to the story on NPR

Whats incredible about this is the gang leader who he befriended, JT, was a college graduate with a corporate job and left all of that to make 100K selling as the head hancho for a crack operation.  There is the misconception that the guys running gangs are not that bright. They are actually some of the most astute and disciplined people.  What a waste.

Not our usual Afropolitan story. But when I heard about this I assumed the guy was white. Interesting that he is originally from India. 


  • hi,
    am very interested in reading the story but the link for NPR is blank.
    How do i get to read it?

    the aMERUcan
  • Hi aMERUcan,
    Wow, thanks for noticing that missing link! I fixed it now. Hopefully you’ll come back and listen.


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