The Venice Shoreline Crips formed in Venice’s Oakwood neighborhood, which was originally labeled as a “servant’s zone” by Venice founder Abbot Kinney and one of the few places within a mile of California’s coastline where blacks could own property.
Due to restrictive covenants that enforced racial segregation, Oakwood was set aside as a settlement area for blacks and the population increased rapidly as hundreds moved to Venice to work in the oil fields during the 1930s and 1940s.
Into the 1950s, the City of Los Angeles had neglected Oakwood so much that it became known as “the ghetto by the sea” with unpaved narrow streets leading to run down bungalows, many of which lacked foundations.
In Part One of the Venice Sho-Line Crips series, Cisco, Bird, and Onion Monkey open up with some History of the Historic Oakwood Park community and the origins of Venice Shoreline Crips Founded in 1972 in the bleachers where we filmed this video.
Venice Sholine Shoreline Crips- video https://www.cali.fm/venice-sholine-crips/
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