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Conservatives are claiming that a ‘Crip’ stopped looters. People aren’t buying it

'White conservatives think the Crips are on their side.'

Jul 1, 2020, 11:10 am*

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Bryan Rolli

Conservatives on Twitter had a field day sharing a doctored video of what they believed to be Crips gang members stopping looters in Long Beach, California.

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The grainy, edited video shows a man wearing a blue hat and shirt advancing toward another man in a face mask and hood, telling him to “get your b*tch a** out of here.”

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Conservatives claimed the man in blue for a Crip, a Los Angeles-based gang that traditionally wears blue clothing. 

The video spread like wildfire on MAGA Twitter. User @ArtValley818 described the footage as “Crips gang stops Antifa/BLM looters from looting and kicks them out of Long Beach.”

https://twitter.com/ArtValley818/status/1278099890501873665

The video became a conservative talking point over night.

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“Tells you a lot that the Crips care more about the community than a bunch of radical Marxists who wanna tear it down,” popular right-wing figure Ian Miles Cheong tweeted in response to the doctored footage.

The original video, shared by Asian-American media company Jackfroot on June 9, tells a different story. The so-called “radical Marxist” is apparently an attempted looter trying to rip a board off the front of a Vietnamese jewelry store that was destroyed on May 31. The media company identified the man who intervened as a Long Beach resident with absolutely no reference to him being affiliated with a gang.

People said that it was racist and problematic that conservatives assumed the man in the video is a Crip just because he's Black and wearing a blue shirt.

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Twitter users were also quick to note the hypocrisy of conservatives praising alleged gang members whom they often vilify. 

“Gotta love how racist white folks are giving a nod to the Crips they've been calling thugs and dropping racial slurs and stereotypes on for decades, because they did what they've always done: protect their neighborhoods—but have no empathy for their lives otherwise,” @dvstinjames tweeted.

Others found it hilarious that Trump supporters thought Crips were suddenly on their side. 

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“Wait ...crips are trending because wypipo are speaking ‘positive’ about gang culture..." @Puma313 tweeted. "Nah this 2020 shit feels like some alt universe black mirror episode."

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*First Published: Jul 1, 2020, 10:00 am