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Tyrone White reflects on his past involvement in gang activities, including drive-by shootings and drug dealing, detailing the history and violence of the Crips gang. He discusses the shifting alliances between Bloods and Crips, the structure and hierarchy within the gang, and the influence of the drug trade in Los Angeles. White shares his experiences with law enforcement, racism, and incarceration, highlighting the need for police to work with the community to address gang violence. He emphasizes his transformation, influenced by his children and a scholarship opportunity, leading him to mentor youth and pursue acting.

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Tyrone White reflects on his past involvement in gang activities and drive-by shootings.
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White discusses the prevalent use of firearms such as 9mm, 45mm, shotguns, and AK-47s in gang culture during the 80s and 90s.
White shares personal experiences of being involved in shootings and the impact on his community.
White touches on the history of the Crips gang, detailing its origins and internal divisions leading to increased violence and conflict.
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Evolution of Bloods and Crips alliances in response to common enemies.
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Formation of peace treaties between specific factions, such as TR Gangster Crips and Englewood Family Bloods.
Influence of single-parent households in leading children into street life.
Requirement of physical tests to join the Crips, originally intended for community betterment.
Attraction to Crips through dress code, symbolism, and the significance of learning the Crip Walk.
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Gang structure and hierarchy within the Crips.
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Specific language used by the Crips, replacing letters with C or S and using hand signs for different neighborhoods.
OGs, double OGs, and street soldiers had distinct roles, with OGs guiding younger members towards legal activities.
Street soldiers were willing to do anything necessary for the set, often involving criminal behavior.
Drug distribution was a significant aspect of the gang's economy, with big homies supplying drugs to younger members for profit.
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Overview of the Los Angeles drug trade, the 1992 LA riots, and the influence of gang culture.
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The drug trade in Los Angeles involved drug cartels, the government, and DEA supplying drugs.
The LA riots of '92 were sparked by the Rodney King verdict, leading to widespread violence.
Gangs like Crips, Bloods, and Mexican gangs united against the LAPD during the riots.
Gangster rap, popularized by artists like NWA and Snoop Dogg, spread gang culture globally.
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Speaker's experiences with gangs, law enforcement, and incarceration.
21:49
Speaker worked as a gang advisor and police officer, facing racism and discrimination within the police force.
Despite becoming a police officer, the speaker reconnects with his old gang members and ends up back in jail.
Emphasis on the importance of police working with the community, including gang activists, to address gang violence and save lives.
Reflection on criminal past, multiple robbery arrests, and time spent in jail in Oklahoma and California.
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Speaker discusses dynamics between gangs like Bloods and Crips in county jail, highlighting violence and tensions.
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Emphasizes need to settle disputes and fight when necessary, inside and outside of prison.
Transformation influenced by children and scholarship opportunity, leading to work with gangs and mentor youth.
Pursuit of acting career led to success and positivity despite negative past.