When you think of gangs in the United States the top two that come to mind are the Bloods and The Crips.

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Let's take a look at them and go over the gangs that call Michigan home.

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History of The Bloods Gang

The Bloods are a predominantly African American street gang that originated in Los Angeles, California, in 1972.

It was initially formed to provide protection from the Crips, and many non-Crip gangs used to call one another "blood" as a sign of solidarity.

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The gang's founding is traced to the intense street violence in South Central Los Angeles.

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The Bloods expanded in the early 1980s when they became involved in the manufacture and distribution of crack cocaine, which led to their significant growth and spread beyond California.

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How Did The Bloods Get Their Names?

The  "Bloods" took the name and adopted the color red to distinguish it from the Crips’ blue.

Their name is associated with the color red and the unity and loyalty within the gang.

How Many People Are In The Bloods?

By the early 21st century, there were upwards of 20,000 people affiliated with the Bloods across the United States.

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The gang is known for its involvement in drugs, theft, and murder, among other criminal activities, and is traditionally associated with the color red.

History of The Crips Gang

The Crips are an alliance of street gangs based in the coastal regions of Southern California.

They were founded in Los Angeles in 1969 by Raymond Washington and Stanley Williams.

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Initially, the Crips were a single alliance between two autonomous gangs, but they have since evolved into a loosely connected network of individual "sets," often engaged in open warfare with one another.

Who Makes Up The Crips?

The group is predominantly African American and has been involved in various illegal activities, including drug trafficking, murder, assault, auto theft, burglary, extortion, and robbery.

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How Big Are The Crips?

The Crips are one of the largest and most violent associations of street gangs in the United States, with an estimated 30,000 to 35,000 members in 2008.

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Where Did The Crips Get Their Name?

The name "Crips" evolved from the gang members carrying canes to display their "pimp" status, which led people in the neighborhood to call them "cripples" or "Crips" for short.

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The group's members have traditionally worn blue clothing.

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