Bloods And Crips: Made In America

I just watched a fantastic documentary about the history of the creation of Bloods and Crips in Los Angeles. The documentary wasn't chronologically but still flowed pretty coherently. It started off by talking about the Watts Riot. It held up the uniqueness of the Watts riot, juxtaposed to riots that happened in places like NY, NJ, or Chicago. Liberal California sort of hid its racism and maintained this facade of progressivism...still does today in fact. I live in California, work in San Francisco so I know what i'm talking about. And the kind of work I do helps me to see that more clearly than alot of folks who live in the city. The documentary then talked about the militant, progressive, black organizations that sprung up in LA afterwards partially as a response to the riot and more generally in response to what was going on all over the country. These were groups that were effectively organizing black folks and channeling their frustrations, pain, and anger in a constructive way--challenging the white power structure that had been dominating and oppressing us all for hundreds of years. We all know what happened as a result, the FBI targeted these sorts of groups for infiltration and destruction. Killed the leaders and undermined the organizations. The documentary then went on to show the subsequent rise of the Crips and then the Bloods. When you destroy a people's will to live, shut off nearly every avenue of escaped you trap them in a cycle of nihilism and hopelessness. Introduce guns and drugs into the mix and you have the modern day slum, project, ghetto. Crime ridden. Drug ridden. Economically destitute. It then went on to talk some about the history of how black folks got over to California--many of them migrating during the 2 great migration. The first one being during the late 19th early 20th century and the second perhaps greater one being during WWII. Then it jumped back to modern day times and talked a bit about the riots in 92 in LA. You all remember the Rodney King case, don't you? After that riot, white folks got so scared that and accord was struck. Bloods and Crips made a truce, and a proposal was made to rebuild LA to address the conditions of poverty that facilitate and maintain crime and joblessness that exists in the community. RLA fell through and the war was on again. What was most impactful for me was the interviews of current and former Crips and Bloods. To see and hear their worldview is bone chilling. Its definitely exemplary of the damage white America did to Black America after 400 long years of oppression and degradation. To undo that process is going to take more than a couple of civil rights bills, affirmative action, and 50 years of token integration
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2 Responses Jul 9, 2010

they do. they have them for instant viewing. they're all in the my instant Queue :) i can't remember the name of it but they also have one that focuses primarily on one of the mexican cartels that is responsible for bringing drugs into the country and how violent and corrupt it has become with most officials being paid off. if i think of the name i'll let you know

if you like that you should check out Cocaine Cowboys 1 and 2. The first one is much more fast paced and keeps your attention the whole time. Whereas the second one is specifically about the Godmother so at times its not as interesting but still worth watching