Origin of the Gang Name "Crips"
The "Crips" derive their name from "cripples" which in turn derives from the "pimp canes" they carried as their badge and as a weapon with which to cripple anyone who messed with them. the original motivation was self-defense, but that, of course, changed with time.
Cohen, G. L., & Gray, W. (2007). Origin of the Gang Name "Crips". Journal of the American Name Society.
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American Gangs; History of Words; Etymology; History of Names
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