Not only in the past but in today society the term "gang" is a hard word to define, because "No two gangs are alike" (Mays & Winfree, 2006, 313) The National Institute of Justice report adopted the the definition of street gangs as "groups of youths and young adults who have engaged in a sufficient amount of antisocial activity to warrant attention by the criminal justice system." however to add on to that definition, the law enforcement uses the definition " an ongoing, organized association of three or more persons, whether formal or informal, who have a common name or common signs, colors, or symbols, and members or associates who individually or collectively engage in or have engaged in criminal activity." However when talking about gangs you need to be specific in which gang you are talking about because there are over hundreds around the world. With that being said this paper will be giving information about the gang "Crip."
To give more insight on the Crip gang, you should know that they "consist primarily of African-American males,"(Crip. INTERNET 2) and according to the "NDIC there are approximately 35,000 members throughout the United States."(Crip. INTERNET 2) But in "1970 the gang was established in Los Angeles, California by two men Raymond Lee Washington, and Stanley Tookie Williams," (Crip. INTERNET 2) before they were expanding around the United States. Unlike normal people who work the gang gets it's income by doing illegal crimes. The Crip gang members are represented by the color blue, there style, and some of the symbols they make with there hands. When many gang member get caught they all go through different procedures through the juvenile system because not all crimes are regulated on the same actions.
Even though there are many minorities that make up the Crip gang such as Hispanics, Caucasians, Asians, African Americans, and others the group is primarily made up with African Americans. With all of the minorities coming together and joining along in the gang there are approximately 35,000 members through out the United States. With those numbers being so high, it is also said to be that there are around " 400 different Crip sets throughout the United States,"(P.O.I.G) and when I say different Crip sets I am talking about how they like to be "referred to by their geographical names such as the Inglewood Crips or the Hoover Crips, and further by their set names such as the GrapeStreet Watts Crips or the Rolling 60s Crips."(Crip. INTERNET 2) When they call themselves by there geographical name it does not mean that they are not in the ''crip gang'' that makes up the United states it is basicly just saying that is where they come from and how the group likes to be recognized as.
Just like how many other things start, the gang was made up of individuals. Founder Raymond Lee Washington who was fifteen at the time and Co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams. Stanley Williams joined because he "was not old enough to join in the Panther movement in the 60’s so he decided he wanted to take what he had learned, regarding control of neighborhoods, and start his own." (INTERNET 7)That is just what the young boy did to. Both boys were from the Los Angeles, California area. Eventually gathering more people to join and the list started to add up of members day by day. Many members did not go by there first name and they all had nicknames or also known as ''street names.'' The main reason to start the group was to protect their neighborhood and act like community leaders. Many people got the same idea and started to have a copycat affect and decided to call themselves the "crips" too. However on a real note you could tell they were copycats because they would "fashion themselves by regional cultural indicators that have nothing to do with Los Angeles." (Crip Gang. Internet 4) Like mentioned previous in this essay we talked about Geographical names, some of the following below: East Side Crips, Compton Crips,...
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