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The Bloods and Crips street gangs originated in Los Angeles, . A real man would rather be with his girlfriend, fiance, wife, or family, and make. By , there were 45 Crips gangs, called sets, operating in Los Angeles. As the girlfriend of a Bloods street gang member, Jasmine Rivera had more than a. The Los Angeles area Crips and Bloods signed a cease-fire peace treaty after The Game and Snoop Dogg led a peaceful march to meet with.
The Bloods street-gang was initially formed to provide members protection from the Crips. Many of the non-Crip street-gangs used to call one another "blood".
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Ballou was beaten to death after he refused to give up his leather jacket. The sensational media coverage of the crime and the continued assaults by the Crips increased their notoriety. Several non-Crips gangs formed during this period were no match for the Crips and they became concerned with the escalating Crip attacks.
The PirusBlack P. This marked the first Crips murder against another gang member and motivated non-Crip street-gangs to align with each other. By latethe Pirus held a meeting in their neighborhood to discuss growing Crips pressure and intimidation. Several gangs that felt victimized by the Crips joined the Piru Street Boys to create a new federation of non-Crips neighborhoods.
This alliance would transform into the "Bloods". Bythere were 15 Bloods sets.
Crips still outnumbered Bloods 3 to 1. In order to assert their power, the Bloods became increasingly violent. During the s, Bloods began distributing crack cocaine in Los Angeles. Blood membership soon rose dramatically as did the number of states in which they were present.
These increases were primarily driven by profits from crack cocaine distribution. The huge profits allowed members to relocate in other cities and states.
While these groups are traditionally distinct entities both refer to themselves as "Bloods".
The profits of crack distribution allowed the Bloods to spread in other states. UBN is a loose confederation of predominantly African-American street gangs. Once they were released from prison, the UBN leaders went back to their neighborhoods in New York where they retained the Bloods name and started recruiting members. The gang makes its income through various criminal activities like distribution of crack cocaine, smuggling of drugs into prison, etc.
Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. March Learn how and when to remove this template message Bloods refers to a loosely structured association of smaller street gangs, known as "sets", which has adopted a common gang culture.
Most Bloods members are African American males, although some sets have recruited female members as well as members from other races and ethnic backgrounds.
Members range in age from early teens to mids; however, some hold leadership positions into their late twenties and occasionally thirties. There is no known national leader of the Bloods but individual Bloods sets have a hierarchical leadership structure with identifiable levels of membership.
These levels of membership indicate status within a gang. Of course, men being around men is not always a bad thing, especially when it's for a positive and good cause. There were other gangs or groups that were based on the goodness of helping others: Also the ancestors of African Americans have paved the way for a better life of the generations to come. Our ancestors were beaten, whipped, raped, disrespected, kidnapped, deprived, mocked, bought and sold, and murdered.
They went through all of those extreme situations to pave the way for so called gang members and everyone else to be "free. As the elephant got older and stronger, he still would not escape, because of the appearance of the stake in the ground attached to the rope that held him. The full-grown elephant that grew from a baby did not know his own strength, and didn't attempt to break away from the slave mentality.
Do you know your own strength? Are you still stuck in the slave mentality of the media and all the stereotypes of a Black American? Try and break away from the negative traditions you are used to; find out what your positive strengths are, and then exercise them. Avoid going by the appearance of what's keeping you in your situation. You are more than your environment. Know your strengths, gain knowledge and wisdom, break away from the slave mentality. There is a way out of gang activities; let go of the graffiti, drugs, alcohol, womanizing, disrespects, murdering, fear, anger, branding tattoosand other things you're letting the Devil drive you to do.
A real man is not doing these negative things; a real man is the opposite of those negative things. A real man is gentle, kind, patience, compassionate, willing to learn, positive in his action, willing to teach, and most of all he serves the Heavenly Father. Gang activity is definitely not foolproof protection.
The Bloods will turn on another Blood member in many instances, especially if they snitch on them. And the Crips turn on each other to hurt other members as well. Parents sending their child out of town might be a good ideal for helping them to get out of a gang, but make sure the ex-gang member doesn't go out of town to find the same trouble but different faces.
Always believe that there is a way out of gang activity and you will rise above it all.
Bloods and Crips: Is There a Way Out of Gangs?
Neighborhoods Gang members believe they are fighting their so-called rivals over territory, but the gangs do not own any of the houses in the neighborhoods. In fact the property value of homes goes down because of the infestation of gangs and drugs. If gangs really "own the streets," how is it that the police can come in and do any and everything they want to do to gang members?
New gang members think that what they are doing is new, but it's all a "rerun. Gang-Affiliated Rappers There are Rappers on television that are glorifying gang affiliation. These famous Rappers show the blue or red bandannas in their back pockets: This is sending a poisonous message to young boys and girls that are watching them on TV.
Although we like their music, they can stop glorifying red or blue bandannas in public on TV. We can't afford for the cycle to keep repeating itself, there is hurting: Black-on-Black crime is not the answer for our pain, stopping the violence is the answer, and it's the healing. It's time to set good examples for younger children that are watching, led by example and not just talk a good talk.
Our ancestors made crucial sacrifices for our freedom, education, financial independence, and equality.
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Many gang members think it's better to be a "living hero than a dead buster," but this is not true. It's time to see the world in a new light, pull up the sagging pants, put on a smile, become a mentor, and lead by example.
Basically walk the walk, and not be a menace to society. Black-on-Black crime is terrorism.
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Our ancestors helped to bring us far for freedom, not for a new generation to help take us two steps backward. We all have to die one day, and no one wants people looking over their casket thinking of all the dirty and rotten things that person has done. Righteous Mentors It's a good idea for gang members who want to get out of gangs to have a couple of righteous mentors in their life.
I agree that men should bond with each other at least once a week, but the bonding can be from a group of men that are spirit driven and out to save souls for Christ.
A thug looks for someone to respect him, but in fact no one really respects him, because he's not respecting himself due to his lifestyle. There are other men in church that are willing to be a mentor to ex-gang members if they ask them.
Actually there may be men that have been going to church for years that used to be from gangs also.