The Bloods are a street gang founded in Los Angeles, California. The gang is widely known for its rivalry with the Crips. They are identified by the red worn by their members and by particular gang symbols, including distinctive hand signs. The Bloods are made up of various sub-groups known as "sets" between which significant differences exist such as colors, clothing, and operations, and political ideas which may be in open conflict with each other. Since their creation, the Blood gangs have branched out throughout the United States. Bloods have been documented in the US military, found in both US and overseas bases. The Bloods gang was formed initially to compete against the influence of the Crips in Los Angeles.
The origin of the Bloods and their rivalry with the Crips dates to the 1970s, where the Pirus street gang, originally a set, or faction, of the Crips broke off during an internal gang war, and allied with other smaller gangs to found the gang that would eventually become known as the Bloods. At the time, Crips sets outnumbered Bloods sets by three to one. To assert their power despite this difference in numbers, Bloods sets became increasingly violent, especially against rival Crips members. The Pirus are therefore considered to be the original founders of the Bloods. During the rise of crack cocaine, the gang's focus shifted to drug production. Bloods sets operate independently of each other, and are currently located in almost all States. Blood sets on the East Coast are often seen as affiliated with the United Blood Nation, a gang which originated in Rikers Island. Their gang activities include: Murder, Drug trafficking, Robbery, & Extortion. They are allies with the People Nation & Latin Kings. They're rivals are Crips, Folk Nation, Sureños.
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During the Vietnam War the term "bloods" was used by both black and white American soldiers to denote black soldiers. It was not a derogative term, nor was it a derivative of the LA street gang and its subsets. White soldiers (occasionally called "rabbits") who were deemed worthy by black soldiers would share the term "blood" as synonymous with "brother." The term was most often found among American infantry units, where the infantrymen were called "grunts."
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A group of pussies who are having their periods, hence the name "Bloods"
Tampax ran out of material to keep the Bloods feeling fresh!
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A group of stupid, ignorant street criminals that ties red rags around their ass holes.

Bloods spend their days hanging out on street corners making idiotic signs with their hands. They take what is not theirs and delight in hurting other people.
Best thing to do with those Bloods is shoot 'em all in the street. Save the taxpayers the cost of a trial and the cost of a Sheeny Shyster defense attorney.
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Plural form of word Blood. Blood a gang name which is an acronym for "Be loyal or otherwise die" The Gang started In Los Angeles around Compdon to help the neighborhoods. Bloods are also the sworn enemies of the Crips.
The Bloods and Crips are having a gang fight again!
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A blood is a member of a gang of the gang itself. Ceely is a blood and bariel is a Crip. they r in love.
Ceely: I’m in love with you and i’m a Blood

Bariel: Fukc i’m a crip bruh how will we be together. I’m supposed to hate bloods.

Mordifly: knees
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A gang that formed in the late 70's out of many sets that were bullied by the crips. The sets met on Piru Street and formed the Blood alliance. Although the Bloods are outnumbered 5 to 1 in LA County, Blood sets are always more violent, especially when present in numbers. Blood members have developed a strong love and fascination for Assault weapons.
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