The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall, and Resurgence of an American Gang

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Chicago Review Press, 2011 - History - 272 pages
This expose investigates the evolution of the Almighty Black P Stone Nation, a motley group of poverty-stricken teens transformed into a dominant gang accused of terroristic intentions. Interwoven into the narrative is the dynamic influence of leader Jeff Fort, who--despite his flamboyance and high visibility--instilled a rigid structure and discipline that afforded the young men a refuge and a sense of purpose in an often hopeless community. Details of how the Nation procured government funding for gang-related projects during the War on Poverty era and fueled bonuses and job security for law enforcement, and how Fort, in particular, masterminded a deal for $2.5 million to commit acts of terrorism in the United States on behalf of Libya are also revealed. In examining whether the Black P Stone Nation was a group of criminals, brainwashed terrorists, victims of their circumstances, or champions of social change, this social history provides an exploration of how and why gangs flourish and insight into the way in which minority crime is targeted in the community, reported in the media, and prosecuted in the courts.
 

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THE ALMIGHTY BLACK P STONE NATION: The Rise, Fall, and Resurgence of an American Gang

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Evenhanded account of a legendary Chicago street gang.Chicago Public Radio reporter Moore (co-author: Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation, 2006) and ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Big Chief and Little Chief
7
2 Birth of the Blackstone Rangers
31
3 Presbyterian Patrons
49
4 1968
69
5 Things Fall Apart
101
6 Ushering in Islam
131
7 Angels of Death
155
8 Qaddafi and the Domestic Terrorism Trial
179
9 Prosecutorial Misconduct
203
10 The Legacy of Terrorism on Street Gangs
215
11 The 8Tray Stones
233
Sources
261
Index
287
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