Patso Dimitrov is on a roll. The designer has made a habit of turning
classic rap album covers into basketball jerseys, and they’re always
beautiful. We even asked him to make a few more after catching wind of
the first round, and today Patso hit us up with a fresh crop of designs.
This time, Patso flipped albums by A Tribe Called Quest, Dr. Dre, Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, N.W.A., Mobb Deep, and Outkast.
In 1992, after the Rodney King beating, OGs from the Crips and Bloods in the Watts district of Los Angeles met to end the violence that was happening in their communities. Black people everywhere were angry about the Rodney King verdict and decided it was time to act. Hundreds of Bloods and Crips would meet in a gymnasium and declare a ceasefire against each other. They had realized that the police were the real enemy. The gang leaders would also create a sports league for the community. Hundreds of black men and women from the bloods and Crips no longer looked at each other as enemies. They partied together and played on sports teams together. The peace Treaty ended over 30 years of gang violence and the homicide rate dropped 44%. After the Watts treaty, several Latino gangs and many more black gangs all over California began to adopt a similar peace treaties. The Watts treaty lasted for several years before the LA police would infiltrate the movement and cause chaos. This is Black History that they do not teach in schools. This is what they will never tell you about black gangs. The LA Gang Truce was a symbol of hope to the black community and today it remains that. We do not need white people to help us solve any of our problems. We have the potential to be a mighty people. The violence in our communities can stop. All it takes is for dedicated black souls to get together. So the next time you hear about the LA Riots…make sure you remember the LA Gang truce as well.
Post By @KingKwajo