Compton is like the ocean. It’s real pretty, but anytime anything can happen. The city has two major gangfactions : Southside Crips (SSC) who reside around Alondra Boulevard and intersection Avalon Blvd; And Piru Bloods in the North East section of Compton, just below Lynwood. Other sets include Leuders Park Piru, Elm Lane Piru, Kelly Park Crips, Compton Varrio 70’s, Compton Varrio Largos, and the Varrio Alondra’s. Murders peaked at an all time high in 1994 with 90 homicides, making it the third most dangerous city per capita in the USA. Between the years 1985 to May 2006, there have been 1397 murders in Compton, most of which are gang/drug related and involve young Black/Hispanic men between the 15-29 age bracket. A young Black male, is 25 times more likely to die from homicide compared to a White male of the same age living in the city. Despite popular misconceptions, the people of Compton are on the whole friendly and welcoming, and do not all deal drugs and gang bang which has been so cunningly potrayed in the bullshit corporate machine. Anytime you come into Compton, you will immediately sense a strong Community Spirit and kinship amongst its people which you wouldn’t find in a White gated community in some Californian suburb out in the hills.
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