From Bangin’ to Prison

By Timothy “Syke” Williams for
June 30, 2005

I am from the West Side Rollin 20s Blood and I am currently incarcerated for bank robbery. My earliest connection to gangs took place back in 1984 when I use to roll with Tony Chambers, aka Tee Lok (R.I.P). I used to coattail T Lok all around the neighborhood, hustling, pumping gas, playing video games and being introduced to all the older homies which became my future big homies. From that point on I admired their styles and way of life.

By 1985, I jumped into the activities head first, and was soon initiated into becoming a full fledged gang member from Rollin’ 20s Blood. I loved that “all for one and one for all” feeling I felt being around my homies. I went on my first drive-by with two homies that I still admire and respect to this day: Big K Dogg and Lil K Dog. From that night on ward, I never looked back, and my thirst for representing Rollin 20s grew. But I soon found out and realized later, but much sooner than later, the game isn’t all glitter and gold. There was more to it that just saying “I am a Blood from R. 20s.” I was never forewarned about the trials and tribulations of being a gang member. I went to juvenile hall, then onto Camp Gonzales for 13 months where I was confronted about my gang membership and to where my courage was tested by Crips from all over Los Angeles. I was forced to either fight my enemies, or be labeled as a punk and coward, so I fought.

I got out of camp and still continued down the same path of gang bangin’ habits, which eventually landed me inside the Los Angeles County Jail, where if you as much as look like a Blood, the Crips would take you down hard unmercifully which is one reason its difficult being a Blood. We were housed all together in the Blood module, away from the threats from the main line, but even the Blood Module wasn’t all peaceful either. We fought amongst each other sometimes for various reasons, but for the most part we had and shared in the philosophy of “Blood Love.”

I am now in the penitentiary, which is literally and figuratively a “concrete Vietnam.” Inside these walls for the most part, Bloods and Crips, get along. Any problem that may arise amongst us is resolved swiftly. We CANNOT afford to beef with each other, due to the constant racial tension with Mexicans, Surenos, Skinheads and Nazi Lowriders. A race riot can jump off at the drop of a dime without any warning, therefore you have to be strong mentally and physically to deal any unforeseen circumstances. Nothing and no one can prepare a person for the trials of prison life or the sight of a friend laying in a casket because death and prison are synonomous with each other.

As they say in this old prison adage, “Walk slowly and drink plenty of water”….which means, if you walk slowly, you wont be rushing into any BS, and if you drink plenty of water, you wont have time to be talking yourself into some BS.

If you want to contact Timothy Williams you can send him a letter :

Timothy Williams #H19274
PO Box 5246 – SATF
Corcoran, CA 93212

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