Crews as affinity groups.
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In response to a prisoner hunger strike at the New Folsom Prison, where prisoners were protesting to receive yard time with prisoners they got along with instead of with rival groups, CDOC Ombudsmen Ken Hurdle refused to negotiate, stating: ‘Then you’d have two groups
normally aligned on the yard at the same time. They would only have the staff as their enemy.’
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One of the gang members who realized this a little too late is Stanley Tookie Williams. He witnessed, “hood cops, with immunity, commit drive-bys and other lawless acts.” He also knew that it was “common practice for them abduct a Crip or Bounty Hunter and drop him off in hostile territory, and then broadcast it over a loud speaker. The predictable outcome was that the rival was either beaten or killed on the spot, which resulted in a cycle of payback.” Do we follow the psychology here or what? This blatant instigation of gang warfare is the same that occurs today but we’re so caught up in our gangster life that we don’t see it.
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But I must say that all gang members are conscious of their oppression to some degree. Perhaps not in its full scope, but they know who makes their heart beat fast when the see red and blue lights and hear sirens. They know who puts those handcuffs on them and carts them off to jail,; who makes them pay court fees probation restitution, commissary and phone money while in prison. They surely know who watches their hood everyday, who frisks and pats them down and harasses them. It damn sure is not that Crip or Blood or Vice Lord, that Gangsta Disciple or Latin King homie across the street. It’s not the dude who stepped on your shoe at the club or who had sex with your girl. No. It’s the one that rips you away from your seed, takes you away from friends and family, miles away from home. Every homie knows who beat the hell out of Rodney Kind, Emmett Till, Marques Fry, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Our street gangs went from having meaningful names such as the Bounty “Hunters,” Vice “Lords,” or Latin “Kings and Queens,” to everything pertaining to “gangster.” This new gangsterism, of course, was never shown in those movies fighting the police, the FBI, the CIA, corrupt politicians, CO’s, or any of the big CEO’s who profit from our misery. None of the gangs in the movies listed above mentioned their number one nemesis as the police. This psychological war was waged solely to control our gangs so we wouldn’t become a force to be reckoned with.
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But to fully understand our present stage, we must also recognize the emotional and mental damage that was bequeathed to us from our ancestors—which mostly went uncured.
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To take aim at the institutions and systems of thought that oppress us is by definition self-destructive, because these systems have so completely subsumed our identities and relationships as to render us inseparable.
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