Topics: Bloods, Gang, Crips Pages: 4 (1579 words) Published: October 27, 2008
The Bloods where founded in Los Angeles, California during the summer of 1972 by the gangs Pirus, Lueders Park Hustlers, Brims, Denver Lanes, and Bishops. They have some where between 30,000-35,000 members most members are African-Americans. Bloods" was a term that African-American fighting men called each other in the Vietnam War. The Pirus later changed their name to Bloods. Starting in late 1971, the Avalon Garden Crips, Inglewood Crips and various other Crip sets joined forces. They began to expand to non-Crip gang territories such as those controlled by The L.A. Brims, a powerful street gang that had been formed in 1969. Due to the encroachments of the Crips, several gangs eventually became part of the Blood family, including the Bishops and Athens Park boys. The Denver Lanes also had conflicts with the Crips, but were outnumbered and eventually became unknown in California for some time (Wikipedia com). The Piru Street Boys, who presented a powerful force in Compton, actually collaborated with the Crips prior to 1972, as the Crips had affected the Piru neighborhoods. Bloods generally refuse to use the letter C in words and names, often replacing C with B for Bloods or appending a K, to form CK, meaning crip killer. Bloods also wear their "colors" on their right side, often with bright red shoelaces, a red belt, or a red bandana in the back right pocket. An urban legend claims that the Bloods, as well as other gangs such as the Hells Angels practice an initiation ritual that involves driving at night with their headlights off and murdering the first motorist who flashes their own headlights at them. In reality initiation usually involves committing a certain crime or crimes or more often being "jumped in" for five seconds - getting beat up by other members in the gang. Sometimes being "blessed" in is another ritual, where a member hits the inductee full force in the forehead. Initiation rituals vary across regions, or even sets or the member being inducted...
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