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Submitted by john doe (United States), Feb 9, 2007 at 21:09

I came into this book expecting a history of the bloods and crips throughout los angeles. I was not expecting to find a series of long interviews from past gang members detailing what they felt is necessary. Although, I feel the book was well intentioned I feel that certain speakers, robert lee and t rogers to be specific, allowed their own biases and generalizations to discredit the book's legitimacy. These speakers constantly accuse white culture of perpetuating the conditions of los angeles ghettos, which blatant anti-white sentiment which just fuels the racial fire.

Furthermore, there are unrealistic accusations of the LAPD dressing as rival gang members and killing people to enrage the community meant to increace gang violence is preposterous. There are several important points that resonate through the book however on how misguided black youth needs to be given a guiding light and led by more positive influences. I am not perpetuating racism or bigotry, and although i'm sure that many people may disagree with my interpretation of the book, i feel that my review is noteworthy and important in contributing to a diversity of viewpoints.

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