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The Crips are an independent African American street gang started in Los Angeles, California in 1969. The Crips were founded by Stanley Tookie Williams and Raymond Lee Washington who decided to unite their local gang members from the west and east sides of South Central, Los Angeles in order to battle neighboring street gangs. The Crips began as a single alliance between two autonomous gangs but is now a loosely connected network of individual sets, often engaged in open warfare with one another. The original name for the alliance was "Cribs," which was chosen to reflect the young age of the majority of the gang members. The name "Cribs" generated into the name "Crips" when gang members began carrying around canes to display their "pimp" status. People in the neighborhood then began calling them cripples, or "Crips" for short. A Los Angeles Sentinel article in February 1972 referred to some members as "Crips" (for cripples). The name had no political, organizational, cryptic, or acronymic meaning, though some have suggested it stands for Common Revolution In Progress. Williams, in his memoir, further refuted claims that the group was a spin-off of the Black Panther Party or formed for a community agenda, the name "depicted a fighting alliance against street gangs—nothing more, nothing less." Washington, who attended Fremont High School, was the leader of the East Side Crips, and Williams, who attended Washington High School, led the West Side Crips. Crips wear blue bandannas to the left side of their back pocket in remembrance of one of its original members named Curtis Buddha Morrow used to wear a blue bandanna to the back side of his left pocket as a fashion statement and when he died the Crips kept up the tradition in honor of him, they also wear blue because the color blue represents royalty. Crips are publicly known to have an intense and bitter rivalry with the Bloods and lesser feuds with some Chicano gangs. Crips have been documented in the U.S. military, found in bases in the United States and abroad.

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(These ranks don't determine leadership but just how long a member has been bangin)

T.G. (Tiny Gangster)

O.T.G (Original Tiny Gangster)

B.G. (Baby Gangster)

O.B.G. (Original Baby Gangster)

O.G. (Original Gangster)

O.O.G. (Double O.G.)

O.O.O.G. (Tripple O.G.)