You Reap What You Sow

The gang members in Los Angeles County have been shaped by the environment in which they live, where they are brutalized by police, and oppressed by social limitations. The gang movement in Los Angeles is a direct product of the government’s oppression of the African American population.

The African American population was cut off from all almost all opportunities to participate in any positive organizations like the boy scouts.  The government also eliminated nearly all role models for black youth to emulate and follow, such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Huey Newton.  The United States of America is a democracy, but the handling of the African American people in Los Angeles shares some characteristics with Arendt such as cutting off a faction of people and isolate them, which is similar to the strict housing zones that were established.  One other characteristic these two concepts have in common is that one the faction is isolated they are treated like they never existed, which is a large contributing factor in the grand total of around fifteen thousand gang related deaths in Los Angeles.

Bloods and Crips: Made in American is a film that tells the complete history of the conflict between the Crips and the Bloods.  The film also gives the audience an incite into how these two groups were formed and where the hostile attitude originated and for what reason.  There are also interviews with current and former gang members telling their individual stories and views on the conflict and how it has affected their lives.


Made in America: Crips and Bloods, Directed by Stacy Peralta, Written by Stacy Peralta and Sam George, Edited by T.J. Mahar, Released 2008


One comment

  1. Where is your video clip or image? Are you saying that the African American population as a whole is being treated poorly now or just that the members of the gangs are a product of oppression and segregation in the past? It could be argued that true racial equality still does not exist today but that doesn’t justify why they are still in gangs. It is a good topic and you have pulled information from historical icons and documentaries. I would just suggest making the distinction clear between those who are involved in those who are not as well as recognizing the differences from when they were formed to where they are today.

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