Blue Rage, Black Redemption by Stanley Tookie Williams


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This is the first edition printing of Blue Rage Black Redemption, which is no longer in print, with the forward by Ice-T originally published in December 2004. Other book distributors are selling the re-print of this book which came out in 2007 with forward by Tavis Smiley, but if you want the original printing, we have it here.

Read California Death Row inmate memoir on his days as a Crip in Los Angeles during its inception. Through 38 chapters, he takes you from his birth in New Orleans, to the days when he was the leader of the West Side Crips. He debunks many of the stories and theories that have been well publicized about the history of the Crips. He rejects the premise that the original Crips were an off shoot of the Panthers, he states that it is fiction that the early Crips operated under any C.R.I.P acronym, and sets the record on Raymond Washington, the founder of the Crips.

He talks about his drug use at the age of 12 (p. 59) his days at Washington High School, early Black gangs such as the Businessmen and Slausons (p. 72) and the first time meeting Raymond Washington (p. 77). He also confirms that the original name of Raymond’s click was “Cribs” not “Crips” (p. 82) a concept that Alex Alonso explored in Territoriality Among African American Street Gangs in Los Angeles and covered in the documentary “Gangsta King” originally produced in 2000. The pronunciation mutated to Crips as recruits just simply mispronounced the name.

If you are seeking a thorough history of Los Angeles gang history from one of the early founders, this is a must read. Chapters include Crip Walk, The Cripplette, Tookie’s Law, Compton Ambassador, and Living the Funk

Author: Stanley “Tookie” Williams
Paperback: 365 pages
Publisher: Damamli Publishing
Price: $24.95

4 Comments for “Blue Rage, Black Redemption by Stanley Tookie Williams”

  1. young fed xx

    I bang Hoover crip and he was trying to make a difference bloods and crisp everywhere in the United states were hoping to make sure that this would not happen but it did the one person to speak to us and we would listen cause big took was a king our king and a kings word is law and if y’all really wanted the violence to stop then you would have gave him that chance to tell the rest of the gangbangers to sit down and make a change.cause not all of us minorities will take time out to read what someone great has to say…

  2. young fed xx

    Good book too.

  3. King

    This is the most authentic Crip History available

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