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Concomitantly, gangs such as the Crips and the Bloods were created from the former members of movements meant to increase the reputation of black individuals in the U.S. because they had diverging opinions and wanted diversity. The Crips and the Bloods can be deemed as subcultures of the pro-black movements, given the fact that the people that were once part of the larger group did not agree on certain matters and thus wanted to create smaller groups, which would be formed out of individuals who shared similar features, were affiliated with one another, and had similar objectives.
In spite of the fact that he came to be a member of the Bloods, Cle Sloan found that he knew very little of the group's background. This influenced him to search for more information regarding the community, what influence people in creating it, and how it became what it is in the present.
Many of those who are presently part of the Bloods are likely to know nothing of its history, as they are mainly interested in the benefits that their statue brings them and in the fact that they have the chance of spending time with individuals that share a large number of their goals.
The Bloods can be identified as being a subcultural gang by taking into consideration some of its habits, such as its members meeting face-to-face in order to discuss their plans, having team-spirit, and being emotionally involved with a particular territory.
While a subculture does not necessarily have to attract public attention and disapproval in order to exist, the Bloods did just this. Their general public opposed to the group and as a result contributed to the unity present in the community, as the members were brought together by becoming aware that society distinguished them. As in any subculture, the forming of Bloods was made possible by several influencing factors, such as the divergences which emerged between individuals formerly part of pro-black movements and the fact that a number of people were determined to be part of a group who shared their ideals. In addition to these factors, Sloan claims that the intervention of the U.S. government is also a cause for the fact that the Bloods and the Crips exist in the present day.
In spite of the fact that Sloan's assumptions cannot be verified, the director certainly brings forward a series of intriguing facts meant to support the action in the movie. A number of points that the director insisted on are logical. The subcultural theory supports the concept that the members of a particular group are brought together if they receive strong opposition from society. This was the case with the Bloods, who were fought by authorities ever since the moment of their creation and until the present. In Sloan's opinion, the government has had a significant contribution to this by adding to the number of police officers in Los Angeles with individuals from southern states, which were apparently recognized for their racist beliefs and were likely to apply a harsh treatment to non-whites.
The streets of Los Angeles virtually served as learning institutions for members from the Bloods and from the Crips. New-comers had teachers from which they learnt everything about being a member of a gang and how they exploit such a role to the fullest. These teachers are assisted by the circumstances new-comers find themselves in, including poverty, lack of influence, and the need to make themselves heard.
The Bloods and the Crips are presently two of the largest criminal groups in the world. The gangs have emerged consequent to a series of events which influenced people in wanting to be part of a powerful faction, even though this meant that they would have to perform illegal activities.
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Terence P. Thornberry, Marvin D. Krohn, Alan J. Lizotte, Carolyn a. Smith, and Kimberly Tobin, Gangs and Delinquency in Developmental Perspective (Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2003) 13.
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