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By Herbert C. Covey

ISBN-10: 0313399301

ISBN-13: 9780313399305

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One version has it that originally the Crips were called the Cribs (referring to baby crib) because of the young ages of the members, which was about 17 years. 28 Jimel Barnes, an early member of the Crips, explained his view of how the name came about. He recalled that Raymond Washington came to him, pulled out a picture of a baby’s crib, and said: This is what I’m going to call our gang, Crips—like Cribs. It’s from cradle to grave, C-RIP, may you rest in peace. 30 Over time, Crib evolved into Crip.

14 Some have suggested that the earlier black political power groups inspired and influenced founding members of black street gangs such as the Crips. Crip co-founder Raymond Washington and his associates are thought to have modeled themselves after the militant stance promoted by local black radicals. 15 In addition to the elimination of black political movements, other forces worked to create an ideal situation for the Crips and Bloods to develop. 16 Massive and inequitable funding cuts to schools and social programs for the poor under California’s 1978 Proposition 13 further aggravated the situation for the increasingly impoverished population.

The original Blood gangs would divide into smaller sets and geographically spread throughout the Los Angeles area, all adopting the Blood name. 49 There is currently no definitive history of the Crips and Bloods, but there are a few points that seem to be consistent. The Crips evolved from existing gangs and were influenced by the black political movements of the late 1960s. While the political objectives of the Crips are subject to debate, it is undeniable that the poor quality of life and opportunities available for young black males were driving forces in the rise of the Crips, Bloods, and other street gangs.

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