Bloods And Blood Gangs

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We live in a society that has a lot of gang related activity. There are hundreds of gangs across the country, some have grew too powerful to keep under control. The bloods are a gang that originated in Los Angeles in the 1972 as a response to the street violence imposed by the Crips. Although over time they continued to grow, they were still heavily outnumbered by the crips. Between 1982 – 1984 the violence between the two groups skyrocketed. It was during this time crack hit Los Angeles. Crack or more properly know as rock cocaine was cheaper and much more addictive than the powder form of the drug. Territory became a very important factor as many Blood and Crip sets fought over drug selling locations. Many Blood members moved to some large cities throughout the west coast to expand their drug market. In order to gain the least amount of attention from law enforcement, many Blood gang members abandon wearing obvious identifiers of gang affiliation so they could continue illegal activity with no worries or apprehension. It wasn’t long until the movie Colors, staring Robert Duvall and Sean Penn was released which focused on the gang problem in Los Angeles. Rumor has it that some movie theaters actually promoted the movie by offering a bandana to movie attendees. It was after this movie that many teens with no connection to the Los Angeles based bloods began creating their own Blood gangs. Although many of these groups were nothing more than childish groups mimicking dress and slang they saw in a movie, some soon became involved in violent activity and drug sales comparable to gang activity committed by original Blood gang members in California. Bloods on the east coast are often referred to as the United Blood Nation. The Uni... ... middle of paper ... ...e Los Angeles bloods there are roughly 70 Bloods sets County wide and they represent about 1/3 of the Black gang population in Los Angeles, being outnumbered significantly by the Crips. The Crips however have many internal rivalries, making them weaker in some neighborhoods in Los Angeles, the Crip versus crip is rivalries than Crip vs. Blood rivalries. Gang activity is doing nothing but increasing in our society; I believe it is something that will never end. Gangs are just going to get stronger and stronger and rivals between gangs are going to get worse and worse. The greed for money will always cause gang members to put highly addictive drugs on the streets. Murder will always be a factor either an act of retaliation or taunting towards rival gang members or killing in order to not get caught with other illegal activity. It is a vicious circle that never ends.

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