This subject might sound a bit like something out of a history book but is actually about today's modern world. I'm talking about the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, also referred to as the Aryan Army.

According to an article from the Anti-Defamation League, this brotherhood is not about soldiers in uniform or even a noble cause. It's a prison gang and its story has more to do with caution than heroism.

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LOOK: WHAT EXACTLY IS THE ARYAN BROTHERHOOD AND WHY IS IT IN TEXAS?

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It all started back in the 1960s inside the walls of San Quentin State Prison in California. The Aryan Brotherhood began with a desire for protection among white inmates, but quickly turned into something much darker. This gang didn't stick to one place either; it spread into various parts of the United States, including Texas.

When we talk about Texas, it's a bummer to associate it with something so grim. But the reality is that the Aryan Brotherhood has made its presence known, especially within the prison system. They have their hands in all sorts of illegal activities, from drug trafficking to extortion. This makes them a group that's more feared than respected.

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It's important to understand that the appeal of such gangs often lies in the comfort of protection and brotherhood. However, the cost is too high, leading many down a path of violence and crime that's hard to escape. The good news is that Texas has a strong sense of community and justice. The fight against such groups continues aiming to keep Texans safe.

What's the takeaway from all this? The Aryan Brotherhood is a challenge that exists inside and outside of prison walls. Communities must stand together, support each other, and work towards a society where such groups lose their power and appeal.

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