The ‘Crips’ are an L.A. based street gang that surfaced in 1969, this gang is said to be started by Stanley “Tookie” Williams and Raymond Washington, they chose the collective name of “Crip” because it appealed to the younger age of the members they were recruiting. This gang has been labeled as one of America’s most violent street gangs. Violence within this gang is used indiscriminately between rival gang members, to maintain order within the hierarchy of the gang, to initiate new members, and to settle personal differences. The violence used to initiate new members include being ‘jumped’ (or beat) in, initiation violence is often used to carry out violent acts, and even murder, against rival gang members to show an aspiring members loyalty.
Since the late 1960’s, the “Crips” have been synonymous with gang violence and crime. Despite being started as an organization utilized to defend itself and its’ neighborhood from other violent gangs, the “Crips” have evolved into a fierce organization that draws its’ standing from murder, drugs and a bountiful number of active members. It is a prime example of how an organization could allegedly start as something positive for a community and eventually devolve into one of the most feared criminal….
disorganization theory believes that most of the gangs or delinquent groups all resided in areas that either had persistent poverty and unemployment or high minority residence. Basically this theory didn’t think it was necessary to blame the crime rate on aspects outside of the person’s control, such as ethnicity, culture, or traits they inherited rather than developed on their own. While the differential opportunity theory focused more on gangs and crime rate having more to do with opportunity….
Bloods & Crips
California is home to several street gangs that identifies themselves with two of the most iconic African American street gangs in America. One group is the Grape Street Crips, which is located in the Watts part of Los Angeles. This group was originated within a little housing project that consisted majority of African Americans. This gang is considered to be one of the biggest Crip groups in the local area. There crimes include drug trafficking, murder, and theft. They….
A gang is a group of recurrently associating individuals or close friends with identifiable leadership and internal organization, identifying with or claiming control over territory in a community, and engaging either individually or collectively in violent or other forms of illegal behavior. When a new member joins the gang he or she must go through an initiation, the most common initiation is “jumping in” or getting beaten by all the gang members and/or committing acts of theft or violence….
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….
18th Street Gang
The 18th Street Gang is one of the biggest gangs in Los Angeles County. There membership has been estimated to be around 20,000. Most members in this gang are Mexican and Chicano but they are one of the few gangs that have broken racial boundaries. They allow almost any race to join the gang. (Delaney, 2006) Because of their openness to other races the gang membership grew rapidly. An estimated 60% of the gang is made up of illegal immigrants. ("18th Street Gang", 2007)….
The poem, street gangs, emphasises to us that unpredictable nature of street gang members. The members of the gang lash out at anyone, even the innocent, if given the chance, evident through this poem. They use others as mere 'scape goats' to their dysfunctional mentality and overgrown egos. The belief that they are “superior” in comparison to other individuals, which is their justification to their actions and why they believe they have the right to exploit others for their own gains.
The Street Gang the Bloods
Violence is a substantial problem that has attracted increased attention over the past decade. Many forms of violence are seen on a daily basis however; street gang violence has grown to become the most pervasive form. Street gangs refer to groups of individuals who share a common identity and, in current usage, engage in illegal activities in a particular area. According to data presented by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), there are at least 30,000 street….
The Crips are a mostly an black gang. They were founded in Los Angeles, California in 1969 mainly by Raymond Washington and Stanley Williams. What use to be an alliance between two autonomous gangs is now a loosely connected network of individual sets, often engaged in open warfare with each other. Its members usually wear blue clothing, a practice that has waned somewhat due to police crackdowns.
The Crips are one of the largest and most violent associations of street gangs in the United States….
Gangs are the result of a long history of human beings gathering together into groups that share similar characteristics. They particularly form when there is a group, or groups, that can be defined as "other". Street gangs often form in an environment that is relatively similar in their makeup. A group of people with similar ethnicities, cultural values and interest begin to see themselves as different from the rest of their community, and so they begin to define the people outside of their group….