Crips and Bloods: Made in America

Published on 31st July 2017 by

A feature length 2008 documentary by Stacy Peralta about the rise of the Crips and Bloods, the two most infamous street gangs in modern American history. The film explores the external factors which caused young African-American men to form violent gangs and questions whether the political response to the rise of those gangs was appropriate and adequate, the film notes that at the time of filming the ongoing wars between the two gangs had claimed 15,000 lives and counting.

Numerous former LA-based gang members contribute to the film including Bo Taylor a former Crip who has now founded an organization which seeks to bring peace to the streets and help gang members become productive members of society, several former Bloods and Crips who work with Taylor at his organisation, and others who have formed non-profit organisations who work at a street level to try and persuade people against pursuing a life of crime.

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