Gangsta King: Raymond Lee Washington
Sound: C Extras: D Main Program: C+
There has been much revisionist thinking about the Brown
vs. Board Of Education decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that ended the
segregation of black and white students.
The extreme Right in their “pretend were not racists” racism thinks it
made all hell break loose, while the liberal myth is that it made everything in
the country better by giving more people freedom, but they are both wrong. Gangsta King: Raymond Lee Washington
suggests it might be a reason for black on black violence as the black
community was split in two.
The decision allowed African Americans who could to move
on, and those who could not to form a new underclass. The resulting Civil Rights movements (and the Republican
Reformation that followed) were the results, even when Great Society social
programs temporarily set up the possibility to counter this. The 1980s ended that, so it should be no surprise
that a harder-edged culture of music, clothing and school of thought would
arise in the latter part of that decade, one that can be traced back to those
left behind. Washington’s story and his
formation of The Crips as a surviving counter to The Black Panthers makes for
interesting history indeed.
Robert Stack hosts the hour-long TV program tracing the
early years of Washington’s life and the results all the way up to today that
are still being felt for better or worse.
There is much more story to tell, but it is a good starting point for
those who do not know any of this history and an interesting matter-of-fact
show for those who are already interested and/or in the know. The 1.33 X 1 image is NTSC analog videotape
a generation or so down, as is the Dolby Digital 2.0 sound, which is barely
stereo. There are no extras.
- Nicholas Sheffo