According to Pookie a current Crip member there is no chance the rivalry and

According to pookie a current crip member there is no

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According to Pookie, a current Crip member, there is no chance, the rivalry and the war between the Bloods and the Crips will ever stop, only it might decline in terms of violence and frequency of homicides, “Truce between Bloods and Crips never last too long. There’s always something” (“Gangland”). 25 The main symbolic color of the Crips is blue and so the new gang chose red instead, calling themselves Blood inspired by the color. The typical left side of the body emphasis was also changed to a right one by Bloods, i.e. the Blood members started to wear a red scarf on the left and rolled up their left sleeves and trouser-legs (“Gangland”). 35
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3. The Aryan Brotherhood “When you talk about a White group, the bell that rings the loudest is the Aryan Brotherhood” (“Gangland”). “It's [the Aryan Brotherhood] not a social club, it’s not a bunch of kids playing at Neo-Nazis; these are very dangerous men, who will exterminate your family. … That’s who the Aryan Brotherhood is” (“Gangland”). The MS-13 and the Crips are both gangs that are prevailingly in the territories of the urban streets, but a gang called the Aryan Brotherhood originated and has been surviving and flourishing almost entirely in the prison system only. This sociologically specific environment has shaped the gang into an untypical form in comparison to other street gangs, including the MS-13 and the Crips. Still, there is a set of features that are common to the gangs in general. The Aryan Brotherhood, often shortened as ‘AB’, is structurally and functionally very close to an organization, rather than a gang only. Although there have been profound changes during the history of the Aryan Brotherhood, it has preserved its original White supremacist character. The AB gang is almost purely mono-racial, but being of Caucasian and non-Jewish origin is definitely not a key prerequisite to the AB membership (“Know Gangs”). Despite the fact that one of the primary motives for the emergence of the AB was an alliance of the White minority, the race has not remained a main AB policy for a long time. Originally, the membership of the Aryan Brotherhood was exclusively Irish 36
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American and most of the gang's early activities were racially based. Gradually, the gang started to be driven by profit and partially diverted from the racial restrictions. According to Melissa Carr, a member of Anti-Defamation League in Orange County, “in the beginning, their crimes were solely motivated by race. As the criminal organization has evolved, they have tended towards crimes that have little or nothing to do with race” (“ABC News”). Similarly to other gangs, including the Crips, the AB has been prone to creating alliances with gangs of non-Caucasian races to boost the drug business if needed. The allies have been ranging from the Mexican Mafia to the African-American gangs too.
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