Crips documentary by Thiaz. "Raymond Washington, a 15 year-old student at Fremont High School started what would later become known as the Crips in 1969. After much of the Black Panther power base was eliminated and as other social and political groups became ineffective in Los Angeles, Washington, who was too young to participate in the Panther movement during the 1960s, but absorbed much of the Panther rhetoric of community control of neighborhoods fashioned his quasi-political organization after the Panther's militant style by sporting the popular black leather jackets of the time. In addition to emulating the Panther appearance, Washington also admired an older gang that remained active throughout the 1960s called the Avenues, led by Craig and Robert Munson. He decided to name his new quasi-political organization the Baby Avenues (aka Avenue Cribs) to represent a new generation of youths.
Washington got together a few other friends near his 78th Street home near Fremont High School. His initial initial intent was to continue the revolutionary ideology of the 1960s and to act as community leaders and protectors of their local neighborhoods. The revolutionary vision did not endure and because of immaturity and a lack of political leadership young Raymond Washington and his group never were able to develop an agenda for social change within the community and became obsessed with protecting themselves from other thugs in the community. Early members included Anglo "Barefoot Pookie" White, Michael "Shaft" Concepcion, Melvin Hardy, Jimel "Godfather" Barnes, Bennie Simpson, Greg "Batman" Davis, Mack Thomas, Stanley "Tookie" Williams, Raymond "Danifu" Cook, Ecky, No 1, and Michael Christianson. Many of these youth became the neighborhood "toughs" in the community and gained respect from other youth in Los Angeles in the early 1970s.
In Los Angeles County today, there are 88 incorporated cities and dozens of other unincorporated places in Los Angeles County (LAC) with Crips firmly established in 24 cities and areas in the County. In 1972 the eight Crip gangs grew to 45 in 1978. By 1982 there were 109 Crips in LA County and by the late 1990s there were 199 individual Crip gangs active in LA County. Crip growth in Los Angeles has stablized and even declined in areas that are undergoing demographic change, but in other parts of California, the United States and abroad, many places have started copycat gangs."
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