Do or Die Book Review

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"Do or Die  is a book that describes gang life in South Central Los Angeles. Leon Bing conducts interviews with juveniles involved in gangs. Bing looks at the two major rival gangs, the Bloods and the Crips. It is also seen in this book that the gangs even fight within their association. Bing interviews these gang members and tries to determine why they enter gangs. Her book is broken down into the places she conducts her interviews. These places are Camp Kilpatrick, South Central, Camp Gonzales, The Jungle, and Soledad. At each of these places, Bing lets the gang members tell their stories.

Bing explains how the Bloods and Crips name themselves after the street where they live. She, also, explains how different sets of Crips war with each other. There is really not a good reason why Crips fight with other Crips just because of their street name. Bing interviews gang members as young as 13-years-old and as old as late twenties. A brief history is also given as to what is an O.G and a T.G. An O.G. is an Original Gangster and a T.G. is a Tiny Gangster. To become an O.G. it takes time and respect. To become an O.G. you have to commit a lot of serious crimes. The T.G.'s respect and look up to the O.G.'s.

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