My brother and I were talking yesterday about how we grew up and how things have changed. My brother and I grew up in a primarily “brown” neighborhood with a good amount of black people as well. We were definitely outcasts being half-white and half-mexican. We never got in many fights, but never fit in either. In other words, our credibility was a little low due to the color of our skin.
In Las Vegas, the Bloods Vs. Crips was a real fear. You didn’t dare wear certain colors, even if that was the only color left in your closet. The Red Vs. Blue debate was real. People literally were beat down for what they wore to school.
As our conversation progressed, my brother and I began to debate politics. I made an observation that my brother and I were arguing a different Red Vs. Blue: we were arguing Republicans Vs. Democrats.
It’s interesting how much my brother and I have matured seeing that we no longer worry about gangs; however, we are now arguing about politics. I find it very coincidental that the Red Vs. Blue debate hasn’t changed as we have grown older.
For another twist on Red Vs. Blue, please read an outside post entitled, “What We Have Here, Is A Failure To Communicate.” The author briefly compares the turf wars that Bloods and Crips have to the insurgents in Iraq. The author concludes that just like we wouldn’t give South Central Los Angeles over to thugs fighting over land, we shouldn’t do the same thing in Iraq. It is a rather interesting read.