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New blood: Violent gang life is passed down from parent to child ("Blessed-in" at Church)
The New York Daily News ^ | June 15, 2008 | VERONIKA BELENKAYA

Posted on 06/16/2008 1:23:24 PM PDT by Stoat

New blood: Violent gang life is passed down from parent to child

BY VERONIKA BELENKAYA
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Sunday, June 15th 2008, 2:13 AM

A longtime member of the Lating Kings, here with his 4-year-old, says he wants to be a peacemaker and hopes his son follows suit. Warga/News

A longtime member of the Lating Kings, here with his 4-year-old, says he wants to be a peacemaker and hopes his son follows suit.

Newborn Blood, known as a Blood drop, is draped with beads and flanked by guns. Police later seized the pistols from the parents.

Newborn Blood, known as a Blood drop, is draped with beads and flanked by guns. Police later seized the pistols from the parents.

 

The images as chilling as they are heartbreaking: An infant with a semiautomatic handgun next to each tiny shoulder. A child no more than a year old decked out in blood-red gang gear.

"They call them Blood drops, stains, rims," a former Staten Island Bloods gang member said of the nicknames gang parents give their children.

Incredibly, parents "bless" and initiate their babies into violent gangs like the Crips and Bloods - teaching chubby little fingers to fold into gang signs even before the tots mouth their first words.

Drive-by shootouts, murder and drug deals have always been a sad part of gang life, but recruitment from one generation to the next has become more prominent in the city where gangs only started showing their might in the mid-1990s.

"We're seeing more children who are being exposed to the gang world because their parents are members," said Deanna Rodriguez, Brooklyn district attorney gang bureau chief.

"This is part of their identity," Rodriguez said. "As long as they can remember, they've been part of the Bloods, Crips or the Latin Kings. This is what life is and they don't understand the concept of what life is outside that."

NYPD statistics bear out the sad truth: There were 713 gang incidents in New York last year, up from 554 in 2006.

While city officials estimate there are about 17,000 known gang members here, experts say the actual number is double that - not even including small neighborhood gangs.

The nation's three biggest gang cities are Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, said Arlen Egley of the National Youth Gang Organization.

Some of the misguided parents think teaching little ones the gang life is cute. Others have learned the hard way.

"My first child - he was only 6 months old when he got blessed into it," said King Ironman, a Bronx member of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation gang.

Then the boy was killed in a drive-by shootout.

"The target was me ... he was only 2 years old," Ironman said.

Although he says he hasn't been active for nearly 10 years and now tries to talk young people out of joining gangs, Ironman still "blessed" two more sons into the predominantly Puerto Rican gang. "Families have to do that to be part of the nation," he said.

One son was blessed at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Morningside Heights four years ago during a quasi-religious ceremony. "It's like a christening," he said. "The priest holds the baby and we say our prayer at the same time. We have to have the window open and the baby pointed toward the sun."

Once blessed, the child is given yellow beads - the gang's color.

"He's a true gangster. The way he acts with people, the way he just wants to beat you up and punch you," Iron said of the 4-year-old "Latin Prince" he hopes will preach peace within the gang.

One Espicopal priest who "blessed-in" about 300 children kids into the Association Neta and the Latin Kings said he did not see anything wrong with the ceremony.

"It's not a criminal organization," said the Rev. Luis Barrios, who is also a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Barrios was removed from St. Mary's after tussling with his superiors in the Episcopal church.

"It's a street organization with the capacity to bring together young people in search of power, collective identity ... [and] belonging in the society that's rejecting them," Barrios said.

To get into a gang, a recruit often has to get beat up and hurt others to prove their loyalty, but born-in babies gain automatic acceptance.

"The ones that are born in have a little more power and respect," a 21-year-old former Brooklyn Crips member said. "I've seen little kids that you could tell their father is affiliated."

Crips parents refer to their kids' birthdays as "C-Day," instead of "B-Day," so as not to glorify the rival Bloods, he said.

Kids who grow up with gang parents are likely to become bullies at a young age, said Andrew Grascia, president of the New York State Gang Investigators.

"No child is born evil. They're taught evil things," he said. "You're taking a young, very fragile child who's being taught crime by the people who are supposed to secure and take care of him."

vbelenkaya@nydailynews.com


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bloods; crime; criminals; crips; episcopal; gangs; latinkings; newyork; religion
One son was blessed at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Morningside Heights four years ago during a quasi-religious ceremony. "It's like a christening," he said. "The priest holds the baby and we say our prayer at the same time. We have to have the window open and the baby pointed toward the sun."
Once blessed, the child is given yellow beads - the gang's color.

"He's a true gangster. The way he acts with people, the way he just wants to beat you up and punch you," Iron said of the 4-year-old "Latin Prince" he hopes will preach peace within the gang.

One Espicopal priest who "blessed-in" about 300 children kids into the Association Neta and the Latin Kings said he did not see anything wrong with the ceremony.

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"sigh"

1 posted on 06/16/2008 1:23:24 PM PDT by Stoat
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To: Morgana
Kinda looks like crap we see in the Gaza strip don’t it?

Indeed it does.

All we need are for businesses in "gang 'hoods" to start posting adoring, reverent, framed pictures of gang 'martyrs' on their walls and for gang members to openly run for and achieve elected offices for the circle to be complete.....

And then the covert funding from Iran and Syria will follow, if it's not in place already.

3 posted on 06/16/2008 1:36:44 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

Just another branch of the Democrat tree. Obama will bring them and us together. Change. Hope.


4 posted on 06/16/2008 1:37:37 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Given such dismal choices, I guess I'll vote for the old guy.)
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To: Morgana

“The target was me ... he was only 2 years old,” Ironman said.

ahhhh... I feel your pain...

NOT!

What the f***k did you expect?
Idiots are idiots no matter where they live.


5 posted on 06/16/2008 1:38:54 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U
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To: Stoat

FDSDA (Future Democrat Super Delegates of America)


6 posted on 06/16/2008 1:40:04 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Given such dismal choices, I guess I'll vote for the old guy.)
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To: Stoat

I wasn’t referring to you in my last post. It was to the idiots who love to kill
in this story.


7 posted on 06/16/2008 1:43:36 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U
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To: TribalPrincess2U
I wasn’t referring to you in my last post. It was to the idiots who love to kill
in this story.

Oh, I didn't consider it to be directed at me, but thank you so much for your gracious clarification anyway.

Such congeniality and courtesy expressed online is rare indeed.....please don't ever change  :-)

Here's a pretty rose for you  :-)

 

 

8 posted on 06/16/2008 1:50:21 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Jeff Chandler

When I read the “Change. Hope.” part of your post, I saw the word “Chicago” in my brain. I do that sometimes. Chicago Hope. Yeah, it’s the name of a defunct t.v. show. But what do we think of when we think of Chicago and politics? Obama brings us Chicago-style “hope,” which I equate with a horrible dispair. Take a really good look at Chicago and ask yourself, “Do we really want this taken nationwide”?


9 posted on 06/16/2008 1:55:21 PM PDT by Excellence (Why do scoundrels like Ayers gravitate to public education when Plan A fails?)
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To: Stoat
"It's not a criminal organization," said the Rev. Luis Barrios, who is also a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Barrios was removed from St. Mary's after tussling with his superiors in the Episcopal church.

John Jay College needs to follow the Episcopal Church's lead here. Immediately. The taxpayers of New York aren't interesting in subsidizing instruction at a public college by a lunatic priest who's telling future law enforcement professionals that the Latin Kings is "not a criminal organization".

10 posted on 06/16/2008 2:00:29 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Stoat
One Espicopal priest who "blessed-in" about 300 children kids into the Association Neta and the Latin Kings said he did not see anything wrong with the ceremony.

And why would he see anything wrong with? When one subscribes to blasphemy as divinity in the first place, the end game is seeing nothing wrong with anything.

11 posted on 06/16/2008 2:00:59 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Stoat; cll
Although he says he hasn't been active for nearly 10 years and now tries to talk young people out of joining gangs, Ironman still "blessed" two more sons into the predominantly Puerto Rican gang. "Families have to do that to be part of the nation," he said.

Funny, I am a Puerto Rican and never had the pressure to become a "gangster" to be considered "part of the nation."  Then again, I was often accused of "acting gringo" as I grew up.

12 posted on 06/16/2008 2:02:14 PM PDT by JRios1968 ("If you go over a cliff with all flags flying, you are still going over a cliff"--Ronald Reagan)
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To: Morgana
Kinda looks like crap we see in the Gaza strip don’t it?

That's exactly what it looks like.

BTW, great tagline. Though, there's more alcohol than you think!

13 posted on 06/16/2008 2:05:22 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Personal Methane Reclamation: Break wind for energy independence!)
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To: Jeff Chandler
Just another branch of the Democrat tree. Obama will bring them and us together. Change. Hope.

I wonder....on what basis could B. Hussein Obama possibly object to this "community outreach" ?

It seems perfectly in keeping with the Left's goals of slowly and simultaneously destroying Religion as well as American culture.

14 posted on 06/16/2008 2:08:59 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: TribalPrincess2U
"Idiots are idiots no matter where they live."

Stupid is as stupid does, Sir. - Forrest Gump

15 posted on 06/16/2008 2:09:32 PM PDT by GourmetDan (Eccl 10:2 - The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.)
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To: JRios1968

Tribalism.

Some minorities find protection in “tribes” (aka, gangs). As our society moves “forward,” these tribes were supposed to evaporate as we develop a more diverse country.

Well, some minorities (and whites) are playing ball together, but the tribal thing among minorities is getting far worse.

I would blame the worsening of schools, “diversity” training in schools (instead of real-world skills), and the courts for the rise of the violent gangs. So much for liberal solution to problems.


16 posted on 06/16/2008 2:12:53 PM PDT by whitedog57
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To: Stoat
“It's not a criminal organization,” said the Rev. Luis Barrios.”

Apparently attended the same divinity school as Jeremiah Wright.

That's not the Rev. Barrios I knew.

17 posted on 06/16/2008 2:14:11 PM PDT by CarryingOn (The Presidency of the United States is not an entry-level position.)
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To: Stoat
After a few years of President Obama, expect stupid white liberals to echo this completely insane mutterings:

"(Gangs are) street organizations with the capacity to bring together young people in search of power, collective identity ... [and] belonging in the society that's rejecting them,"

18 posted on 06/16/2008 2:19:04 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: Stoat

I wonder what the Baby Momma thought of that?


19 posted on 06/16/2008 2:25:28 PM PDT by SampleMan (We are a free and industrious people, socialist nannies do not become us.)
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To: FrPR

Maybe, but I have heard of this before.


21 posted on 06/16/2008 3:40:45 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: FrPR; Stoat
There’s a hell of a lot that’s fishy in this story.

FRPr, allow me to congratulate you on your Jimmy-Olson-like reportorial perspicacity. The Reverend Luis Barrios is a true and saintly man and well versed in Anglican liturgical practices. In fact, right after he blessed the little gangster, he rushed out to the Peachbottom Country to bless the hounds of the Pickering Creek Hunt Club, and was back in Staten Island in time for Evensong, despite his Bishop's (who is not gay) disapproval.

I do take serious issue with the parents of the new Blood-Drop. I usually start my children with a smaller caliber revolver, rather than the .45 Auto. A S&W .32 fits into a pre-schooler's little backpack a lot better than a 1911 Colt .45, or a Glock 9MM. Also the lesser recoil helps them place their shots, rather than conducting these wild tricycle drive-bys in which innocent bystanders can get capped, rather than rival gang members.

PS, Fr. Barrios also blesses pit bulls on St. Francis' Day.

22 posted on 06/19/2008 9:10:57 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (GOP Plank: Pump MORE US Crude--2Xrefining capacity -- Coal /METHANOL fuel-- Build Nukes)
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