The Bloods and the Crips
The United States has had problems with gangs dated back as early as the 1800s. In today’s society when people hear about gangs the first two gangs that they think of are the Bloods and the Crips. Both of these gangs originated about forty years ago but are still going strong today. Although, at first these gangs were formed as a sort of territorial war the activities of the gang members has grown increasingly more dangerous. The Bloods and the Crips are mortal enemies and are extremely feared throughout the country.
Each of the gangs has a certain way of doing things, such as dressing, speaking, etc. The Crips chose the color blue in all different shades to represent themselves. . They sported the color with handkerchiefs and rags that they could choose wear however they wanted to. They would also wear jogging suits, overalls; L.A. sports team hats, Nike shoes, and Adidas shoes. They referred to each other as “cuzz” which was short for cousin. They would spray graffiti wherever they could find a place to show off their symbols and make themselves known. The Crips also make a gang sign which is forming a C with their hand. Bloods members identify themselves through various gang indicators such as colors, clothing, symbols, tattoos, jewelry, graffiti, language, and hand signs. The Blood’s gang color is red. They like to wear sports clothing such as Starter jackets that include the color red. Some of their favorite teams include the San Francisco Forty Niners, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Chicago Bulls. They are also known to wear Dallas Cowboys clothing, whose logo contains a five-pointed star. Symbols that are associated with the bloods are the number 5, stars, and 5 pointe crowns. This symbolizes the alliance they have to protect the members that are in jail. These symbols are very popular on jewelry and as tattoos. They graffiti a lot and it can have many meanings. Sometimes they’ll put a rival gangs symbol upside down or...
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