Brothers to Niggas: The Creation of the Bastard LA Gangs
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.