The 1960s saw the birth of prominent gangs that included the Aryan Brotherhood, the Black Panthers and the Crips. Although each gang was unique, all three were considered to be dangerous and violent by law enforcement.Continue Reading
In 1964, the Aryan Brotherhood sprang up in the San Quentin State Prison. Known as a neo-Nazi gang, it was founded by Irish-American bikers. The Aryan Brotherhood was and continues to be recognized by the green shamrock tattoo as well as the numbers 666. As of 2014, it is responsible for 20 percent of the murders in the federal prison system.
In 1966, the Black Panthers arose in Oakland, Calif. in response to the oppression of African-Americans. The members believed in using violence to combat racism in the United States. They sought equality in education, housing, employment and civil rights.
In 1969, the Crips were established in Los Angeles, Calif. Consisting exclusively of African-American members, the gang was originally divided into the east and west sections of South Central Los Angeles. It eventually grew large enough to spread across the state of California. In 2014, the Crips has become one of the largest gangs in the United States, having grown to over 30,000 members nationwide.Learn more about Crime
The Bloods gang does not have a specific founder, but the Pirus gang teamed up with other street gangs to form a new group to resist the influence of the Crips. The Pirus gang, also known as the Piru Street Family, was originally a subgroup of the Crips, but it became its own group after an internal gang war in the 1970s.Full Answer >
The six-pointed star, often seen as a tattoo among Crips gang members, is one of a number of identifying marks used to differentiate between different gangs. The exact meaning behind the star, if there is one, is unknown.Full Answer >
Famous people who have been members of the Bloods or Crips gangs include rappers Snoop Dogg and Lil Wayne and actor and rapper Ice-T. The Bloods and the Crips are rival gangs based in Los Angeles, Calif., and are frequently tied to illegal activities involving drugs, guns and violent crime.Full Answer >
Good western TV shows from the 1960s include the long running drama "Gunsmoke," produced by CBS. NBC's "Bonanza" and CBS's "The Wild, Wild West" were also popular westerns on TV.Full Answer >