[xmca] there's got to be a CHAT dissertation in here somewhere

From: Peter Smagorinsky <smago who-is-at uga.edu>
Date: Sun Jul 20 2008 - 08:42:25 PDT

The New York Daily News reported in June that members of gangs such as the
Bloods and the Latin Kings, and who become parents, are routinely having
their babies "blessed" into their gangs in religious ceremonies in which the
swaddling clothes are the gang's colors. (The Bloods call such babies
"Blood drops" or "Blood stains.") The Daily News described the parents
"teaching chubby little fingers to [make] gang signs" even before the
toddlers learn to talk. One Episcopal priest said he has "blessed in" about
300 such kids to two gangs. [New York Daily News, 6-15-08]

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