There is nothing empowering about a Crip or a Blood gang member. The Blood and Crips gangs are not positive for Black people in any way. Even though many of them try and say the media portrays them wrongly and try to point out good that they do, they are perhaps one of the worst things that have happened to Black people since slavery.
So what happens when you put unorganized Black people in an area who despise each other? They will probably kill each other and many other innocent Black people as well. They did not organize themselves to protect. They organized themselves to kill each other, and take innocent Black lives with them. I hope Black people never become so desperate that we start looking at the Bloods and Crips as the good guys. If we do that, then we mine as well hang up any thought of being progressive.
No matter how desperate we become and no matter how bad white supremacy is kicking our ass as a people, we should never turn to elements that were designed to harm us. Black gangs were created to destroy and harm Black people period. They are enemies of Black people and poor protectors. Furthermore, I don’t want protection from someone who has killed innocent Black people for the hell of it. I don’t want someone to protect me who initiates their members by killing other Black people.