Monday, October 19, 2015

Blacks vs. Whites

As soon as it was brought up that the Blacks and Whites were more like gangs and had defining characteristics, I immediately thought of the Bloods and Crips. I decided to do some research to find out the differences between both sets of gangs and how they identified themselves. However.... I literally could not find a single thing on the physical differences between Blacks and Whites :((( Sorry to disappoint!!

Bloods
-identify with the color red
-common universal Blood tattoos: "MOB" (Member of Blood); three triangle burn marks ("dog paws"); 5 pointed star/crown
-rep the number 5
-capitalize all "B's" and "P's" in words (no matter where the B/P is in the word)
-all "C's" are crossed out or replaced with the letter B
-make the letter "T" an upside down pitchfork
-cross out all "6's" and "f's"
-wear their colors by sticking a red bandana in their right back pocket
-hand sign that spells out "blood"

Crips
-identify with the color blue (or black)
-common universal Crip tattoos: 6 pointed star/crown; 3 pointed crowns; "211" (B-2, K-11 = Blood Killa); pitchforks facing up; "MOB" (murder otha bloods)
-change the "B's" in words to the letter "C" or cross them out
-excessive use of the "C" in words (ex: back would be bacc)
-favor the number 6
-"I keep a blue flag hangin' out my backside, but only on the left side, yeah that's the Crip side"-Snoop Dogg
-hand sign of a "C"

You can see the colors and images are the same but reversed 
Blacks
-supported the papacy

Whites
-opposed papal influence
-I read that the Whites got their name after Bianca Cancellieri, so the Blacks chose their name based on the Whites' name (black and white--a common dichotomy) 

3 comments:

Jac said...

This is seriously so interesting. Apparently there are other anti-crips gangs that emerged to protect themselves from the attacking crips. If this interests you, I suggest reading this article! https://web.stanford.edu/class/e297c/poverty_prejudice/gangcolor/lacrips.htm It explains the origins of the gangs and when and where they fight. Your bringing this topic up reminded me of the devils attacking each other in our most recent circle of hell, as well as the wraths attacking each other. I truly just don't understand the purpose of people nowadays continuing to join a gang that exists solely to harm other people - people that you don't even know personally and have probably never harmed you individually! The bloods and the crips are definitely very thought provoking and crazy. Fun post :-)

Jac said...

This is seriously so interesting. Apparently there are other anti-crips gangs that emerged to protect themselves from the attacking crips. If this interests you, I suggest reading this article! https://web.stanford.edu/class/e297c/poverty_prejudice/gangcolor/lacrips.htm It explains the origins of the gangs and when and where they fight. Your bringing this topic up reminded me of the devils attacking each other in our most recent circle of hell, as well as the wraths attacking each other. I truly just don't understand the purpose of people nowadays continuing to join a gang that exists solely to harm other people - people that you don't even know personally and have probably never harmed you individually! The bloods and the crips are definitely very thought provoking and crazy. Fun post :-)

Belin Manalle said...

When we discussed this in class, I immediately thought of a book I read a while ago. It was called Snitch and it was about a girl that goes to a school that is completely submerged in gang activity. She does not belong to any of these gangs until a boy comes along. They start dating and he joins the Crips, so she decides to join the gang as well. I should add that this is no easy task. She had to sleep with the leader of the gang who, according to the book's description, was funky and abusive. In an extreme turn of events, it turns out that this boy only joined the Crips to infiltrate the gang and avenge his brother's death (his brother was a Blood and the Crips killed him). Therefore, the girl is basically stuck in this gang that she had no true ties to except her boyfriend who is long gone at this point. In order to get out she must get brutally beaten by all of the girls in the gang. Comparing this to the Guelphs and Ghibillenes is really helpful. It makes me think in depth about the intensity of these feuds and how much it affected the overall culture and even outside bystanders. I compare it to the description of how much the school and outsiders at the school in this book were affected. This girl would have never joined the gang but because a boy came in the picture (who had this plan from the start), she was dragged into the mess.