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Brothers to Niggas: The Creation of the Bastard LA Gangs

Updated on March 11, 2016

Bastard children of a corrupt system


Brothas to Niggas

I just finished watching a couple of documentaries about how gangs got started in Los Angeles. One of them is called Bastards of the Party and was put together by a former gang member named Cle ‘Bone’ Sloan. I take the title of this blog from something he said in his movie. Paraphrased, he said that from 1965 to 1971 blacks in Los Angeles went from calling each other brother to saying kill that nigga. His question was how did that happen?

What Sloan goes on to explain is that gangs such as the Slausons, the Business Men, and the Farmers all but ceased activity at one time because most gangs were drafted into political parties such as The Black Panther Party for Self Defense or the Organization Us. They developed a new sense of pride because they actually had stood up to the William H. Parker’s LAPD and The National Guard for five days in what they called an uprising but the rest of the world calls the 1965 Los Angeles Riots. 34 people were killed during those riots and most of them were shot by the police or the National Guard.

Yet, in five years these new proud African Americans will go from being unified to what we know as the Bloods and the Crips. They went from being brothers to killing each other. 15,000 deaths later, many Americans still do not know how these two “bastard children of the political parties of the 60’s” came about. Some of them would be shocked to find out about how the FBI and J. Edgar Hoover used COINTELPRO to destroy the Panthers and cause strife between the BPP and US. I do not think they would agree with Hoover’s assessment of the BPP’s “Breakfast for children” program needing to be destroyed to neutralize the BPP. They would not know that the FBI sent death threats to the two groups in the name of the other, arrested, beat, and killed members under the direct order of the Hoover. Geronimo Pratt spent 27 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.

They probably heard the story of Alprentice “Bunchy” Carter and how he was killed at UCLA, but I bet they never heard the FBI agent say that Bunchy was supposed to die in a drug deal a week earlier but that it was fouled up. He went on to say that there was a provocateur that caused the argument at UCLA that night that killed Bunchy.

They would find it hard to believe that the original word CRIPS stands for Creative Revolutionary InterPlanetary Service. That this group of young men really wanted to take the part of the BPP but that Mayor Tom Bradley’s office made them change Revolutionary to Reform and then started trying to teach them to live within the system instead of change it.

However, it would all be true and that is not even the worse part of it. They would probably be aghast to find out that Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Oliver North supported the sale by the Sandinistas of Nicaragua of drugs to a street dealer named ‘Freeway’ Ricky Ross who turned it into Crack and created one of the largest and most destructive drug epidemics in American history. The CIA’s main drug dealer was a guy by the name of Danilo Blandon who now works for the DEA and only spent three years in prison while Ross has served 13 years of a lifetime sentence. Of course they all remember Iran-Contra.

Ross recruited Bloods and Crips who distributed his product throughout Los Angeles. Americans would be appalled that Sloan and his clique could go to Western Surplus at this time and buy 20 or 30 AK47s and the shells without waiting a grace period. They would buy cars to do drive-bys and shoot Crips on sight. This did not matter to the national media though until a little Asian girl got killed near UCLA in a gang shooting. 15,000 black men died in this war and the national media barely mentioned them. The police did not care either. One UCLA student is killed and the every paper in the country has the story and the LAPD now has a gang war. They have the right to arrest, harass, and shoot young men who they needed off the streets.

I am sure that if the average American knew this they would be angry and ask for answers from government and those who helped perpetrate this genocide or would they? If 15000 people were killed in Sarajevo or somewhere on foreign soil one movie said, there would be committees and people investigating those deaths. Why hasn’t anyone been held accountable for the US government’s systematic destruction of African Americans in Los Angeles? Most Americans know why.


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      terced ojos 7 years ago from

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      terced ojos 7 years ago from

      Similar things were done in Oakland among the Black Panthers to infiltrate and destroy those communities as well.

      I'm sure as the FBI, CIA or whatever other government agencies were involved; once they saw their tactics were effective they employed them as policy.

      I think the effects in both communities are a testimony to their abilities to destroy.

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      terced ojos 7 years ago from

      What you wrote habueld is commonly known among a lot of people in Los Angeles.

      Maxine Waters is well aware of these evils. It reads like a conspiracy theory; the problem is it is well documented.

      The reason we as black people don't generally trust the government, law enforcement or white people in general is because we have witnessed on a very personal level what power can really do.

      Excellent hub habueld and it's funny how noone has ever tried to debunk what you're saying. People, that is white people just refuse to believe or they flat out don't care. Even in the face of a tsunami of evidence.

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      Bruce Bean 7 years ago from Riverside, CA


      Don't believe me, read everything that I read and watch everything that I watched to write this blog.

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      SOBF 7 years ago from New York, NY


      You missed sociology, social engineering, psychology, political science, and human behavioral modification. That's obvious.

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      OpinionDuck 7 years ago

      Are you really blaming the government for the formation of the bloods and the crypts?

      Are the bloods and the crypts the innocent parties today?

      As for the drug business, you really have to blame the users, because without them there would be no profit for anyone to push the drugs.

      What did I miss?

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      terced ojos 7 years ago from

      I grew up initially on 111th and Normandie. My family moved to suburbs of Los Angeles. Places like Carson, Hawthorne, Gardena, Torrance. My stomping ground was everywhere from San Pedro to Baldwin Hills, Inglewood to North Hollywood. Like a lot of black youth growing up in the 80's was the wild, wild, west. Gun fights, lot's of funerals...the explosion of crack cocaine. All bad.

      I have a couple of childhood friends whose lives were claimed by the gang lifestyle and some associates on both sides of the color line.

      Gangs are a world unto themselves. It's a very small world and word inside it travels fast.

      Los Angeles is an incredibly racists place.

      I've never been in a gang, i've never hung out with gangs but I've had many run ins with racial prejudice in Los Angeles.

      In my estimation it's good old fashioned racism. People inside and outside of Los Angeles view blacks as less than human and our lives are devalued. That was my experience when I lived there and I imagine it hasn't changed much since.

      I've been out of Los Angeles for about nine years now and I have no plans of going back. Man I didn't even realize how evil that place was until I moved away. 9 years later; living in an environment away from that madness has cleared my vision. You can have Los Angeles. It ain't nothing nice

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      SOBF 7 years ago from New York, NY

      American Romance

      Gotta luv the stupidity of the right. Let's just put them to work during a deep recession and they will come home tired.

      This people is why people on the left call those on the right dumb. They just say anything and somehow they think it makes sense.

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      SOBF 7 years ago from New York, NY


      Very informative hub. Something that most Americans have little knowledge of (even blacks) is the role the US Government has played in the destruction of the black community.

      COINTELPRO - Touched many activist during the 60's - 70's including Native Americans, Hispanics, Anti-War demonstrators, and Environmentalist, but their main focus was on stopping a black awareness that threatened the status quo. Cointelpro can be traced to many murders during this period.

      I have always said that this country will never reconcile its racial issues until the government admits to its wrongdoings and commit to making what it created right.

      COINTELPRO worked by using tactics of division both inside groups and on the general public. This division in most cases would achieve their ultimate goal, the destruction of any organization thought to be a threat to the majorities way of life, but when it didn't they would take matters into their own hands.

      Another little known fact about J Edgar Hoover and his fight against black independence. His first black victim of the tactics used in COINTELPRO was actually Marcus Garvey. As a child I thought Hoover would never die!

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      American Romance 7 years ago from America

      Why dont we simply take all these gang bangers parents welfare away and put them back to work, where they come home tired and teach their children to go to college, eat meals at the kitchen table, go to church on Sunday and love thy neighbor. then we wouldn't have to have these type of stories.

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      William R. Wilson 7 years ago from Knoxville, TN

      Very interesting history. I knew a little bit about the harassment and destruction of the Black Panthers but had never been told all of this. I'll have to check out the documentary. Thanks for writing this!

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      WildIris 7 years ago

      This is an informative Hub I hope others read.

      I went to school where the Panthers took control of the school district where I went to school, but not in L.A. Being very young, I remember having to sit and listen to someone speaking to us children before we could go out to play. The aftermath, the departure of the Panthers, was from my child's point of view, devastating. This devastation wasn't apparent until years later. COINTELPRO was equally divisive to AIM (American Indian Movement) that was also very active at the same time.