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Final Bloods Presentation

  1. 1. Gangs of America: The Bloods By Adam Federman
  2. 2. West Coast History: Piru Street Boys <ul><li>1971 – massive numbers of Crips on the West Coast, especially L.A. </li></ul><ul><li>Operated in “sets” or different branches (Avalon Garden Crips, Inglewood Crips). </li></ul><ul><li>Piru Street Gang, once a Crip set in Compton, California, broke off during an internal gang war. </li></ul><ul><li>Allied with other smaller gangs and declared themselves “The Bloods” </li></ul>
  3. 3. East Coast History: United Blood Nation <ul><li>Latin Kings, a primarily Hispanic gang, were prevalent in N.Y.C. jail system on Rikers Island </li></ul><ul><li>Violently targeted black inmates </li></ul><ul><li>1993 – African American inmates formed the United Blood Nation as a protection system. </li></ul><ul><li>Emulated the Bloods of L.A. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Growth <ul><li>West Coast Bloods and their East Coast counterparts of the United Blood Nation spread and converged across the country. </li></ul><ul><li>1996 – thousands of individuals officially declared themselves Blood affiliates. </li></ul><ul><li>Currently around 200 known Blood sets in the U.S., all varying in size. </li></ul><ul><li>Bloods exhibited more frequent and more violence than any other gang. </li></ul><ul><li>Recruiting campaigns constantly took place, mainly on the East Coast. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Membership <ul><li>Each set has leader (older member with more extensive criminal background) </li></ul><ul><li>No known national leader - sets run hierarchies </li></ul><ul><li>Levels of membership indicate status </li></ul><ul><li>Leader is not elected - asserts himself by developing criminal enterprises through reputation for violence, personal charisma, and ruthlessness. </li></ul><ul><li>Members called “Soldiers” - strong sense of commitment to set </li></ul><ul><li>Extremely dangerous because of willingness to use violence to obtain respect and punish those who disrespect. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Membership Cont. <ul><li>Majority are African American males from early teens to mid-twenties </li></ul><ul><li>Bloods recruit heavily among school-age youth in predominantly poor African American communities. </li></ul><ul><li>Gang membership offers youth a sense of belonging and protection. </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate gratification to economically disadvantaged youth: gold jewelry, cash, expensive sports clothing </li></ul>
  7. 7. Identification: Colors and Clothing <ul><li>The declared Bloods color is red </li></ul><ul><li>“ Starter” jackets show their gang color </li></ul><ul><li>Clothing from sports teams such as the San Francisco Forty Niners, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Chicago Bulls </li></ul><ul><li>Known to wear Dallas Cowboys clothing, whose logo contains a five - pointed star </li></ul>
  8. 8. Identification: Symbols and Slogans <ul><li>Common Blood symbols: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>number “5” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>five pointed star </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>five pointed crown </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Common slogan: “Hit a crip in the lip and watch the true colors drip” </li></ul>
  9. 9. Identification: Graffiti <ul><li>Traditional territorial graffiti </li></ul><ul><li>Graffiti includes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gang name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nicknames </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Declaration of loyalty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Threats against rival gangs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Description of criminal acts in which the gang has been involved </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Word “Piru” - respect to the first known Blood gang </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasizes Crip and other gang symbols drawn upside down. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Insult to rival group and its symbols </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Identification: Communication <ul><li>Bloods members have a unique slang </li></ul><ul><li>Greet with word “blood” </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid using words with letter “C” </li></ul><ul><li>Hand signs to communicate with one another </li></ul><ul><li>Singular movements (the American Sign Language letter “B”) or a series of movements using both hands for more complex phrases </li></ul>
  11. 12. Blood Initiation and Ranking System <ul><li>United Blood Nation (East Coast) initiation consists of a dog-paw mark – three dots burned with a cigarette on the right shoulder </li></ul><ul><li>Slashings, murders, and robberies are all typical acts performed by recruits as initiation into the Bloods </li></ul>
  12. 13. Alliances and Rivalries <ul><li>Bloods are a member of the People Nation Alliance, including: </li></ul><ul><li>- Latin Counts </li></ul><ul><li>- Latin Kings </li></ul><ul><li>- Latin Saints </li></ul><ul><li>- Spanish Lords </li></ul><ul><li>- Vice Lord Nation </li></ul><ul><li>Bloods biggest rivals include the Crips and all gangs associated with the Folk Nation Gang Alliance </li></ul><ul><li>Have been instances when Bloods have worked with traditional rival gangs when it benefits enterprises of both gangs </li></ul><ul><li>These alliances were established in the 1980s to protect alliance members within the federal and state prison systems </li></ul>- Black Peace Stones - Cobra Stones - Insane Popes - Insane Unknown - King Cobras
  13. 14. Famous Blood Members <ul><li>Lil’ Wayne </li></ul>The Game
  14. 15. Sources