Crips And Bloods Analysis

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In the documentary Crips and Bloods: Made in America (2008), producer Stacy Peralta documents the beginnings of the most violent gangs known in America, The Crips and The Bloods. He outlined the many external factors that turned the African-American youth of South Central Los Angeles, California into a world of bloodshed and death from the 1950’s through 2000. Although South Central was not segregated as was in the South US during this time period, there was an understood segregation within the community between the African-Americans and the Whites. There was a lack of recreational outlets for African-American adolescents to join, such as Boy Scouts of America, as they are organizations for the Whites. Also, the Los Angela Police Department,…show more content…
This is a scenario that is prevalent throughout the documentary, of which the first account in the documentary was introduced with in the 1950’s with the Watt’s riots, a riot initiated in South Central with the very public arrest of a drunken African-American who was minding his peace trying to get home. This arrest fueled the inner rage that was already brewing amongst the African-American community. They had enough and tempers and rage boiled over, creating a destructive riot, in which much of the community was destroyed by fire, vandalism, etc. This riot caught the national eye, along with the eye of William Walker and his police force. One might speculate this riot created change amongst the African-American community and the Los Angeles police force; however, it created more tensions between the two, which fueled the yearning for the sense of respect and belonging amongst the African-Americans of South Central Los Angeles. This fuel created one more reason for the African-American community to band together and stand up for their rights, more importantly, their right to be…show more content…
The “Decents” were those who were amongst the working poor, to whom were committed to the middle class values. Their values were to provide a loving and caring home life for their children, in a world in which taking to the streets is easier, often attended church, and instilled obedience and the moral code in their children. The “Streets” were those who had a willingness and the means (guns, money, drugs, etc.) to defend themselves and their possessions. Because they were living a “to each his own” lifestyle, children were more often than not unsupervised and lacked any moral discipline. In theory, each culture would be passed down from generation to generation; however this was not the case in the documentary. Parents of the initial gangs were portrayed as those of a decent culture; however the oppression of the adolescent community turned the community into more of a street culture, forgoing the traditions set forth by their parents and creating their own street culture. Those heavily vested in The Crips and The Bloods were typically from single-mother households, in which the street life became the way of life; drinking, selling drugs, committing to the gang life versus the home life. More often than not, the mentality was “If some disses you, you better ensure they don’t dis you again by any means

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