The streets of South Central Los Angeles aren’t easy ones to survive on. Many kids turn to gangs for brotherhood. The Crips, and their arch-nemesis, the Bloods, are the main two.
“What’s crackin,” a young voice hollered. A gunshot sounded and the young man took off. What was crackin was a mans skull hitting the floor, because of a stupid gang initiation that left someone dead, others grieving and a stain on the young man’s hands for life. Gang activities hurt and sometimes kill people leaving sorrow, anger, violence and revenge in the air. One popular gang around my neighborhood is the Crip’s, which I am a member of, and by the end of this paper you will know how they think, operate and what their roots are.
The Crip’s started in 1969 by a man named Raymond Washington. The gang’s original purpose was to shelter kids in the dangerous streets of California with a family and a chance to fit into society. Journalists believe that the gang original purpose was to emulate the older gangs, which is partially true. While the early Crip’s did try to offer young kids a chance to fit in, and a family, they did it in a thug like way emulating older gangs. After several months, the Crip’s began to grow and become very popular, but for the wrong reasons. As the Crip’s began rising in popularity they began engaging in thug like activities where someone often ended up hurt or dead as a means to keep their hood credits(respect in the ghetto). The greed for this hood credit had a huge impact on the Crip’s and it took a turn for the worse.
Although Crip is the common name used today to identify the Crip members, it was not always the name the Crip’s were identified by. The Crip’s were also known as the Baby Avenues Gang, Cribs and the crips.(Wikipedia) The rapid growth of the Crip’s gave each stage a name changing them from the Baby Avenues Gang to Cribs and then finally the Crip’s, which is short for crippler.
What was a clear outreach for help became the enemy of the state with everyone chanting, “Put the no goods away!” Rising in hood credit came at a very steep price as they gained life long enemies, such as the infamous Bloods. The rivalry between gangs like the Bloods and Crip’s became a fire sparking, intense rivalry that still exists today.
Cops have tried to burn the bridge between the Crip’s and Bloods but all attempts have failed. The most recent attempt was the “Tookie Protocol For Peace.” When will the violence end? God alone knows.