Synopses & Reviews
In gangster lore, the Almighty Black P Stone Nation stands out among the most notorious street gangs. But how did teens from a povertystricken Chicago neighborhood build a powerful organization that united 21 individual gangs into a virtual nation?
Natalie Y. Moore and Lance Williams answer this and other questions in a provocative tale that features a colorful cast of characters from white do-gooders, black nationalists, and community organizers to overzealous law enforcement. The U.S. government funded the Nation. Louis Farrakahn hired the gangrenamed the El Rukns in a tribute to Islamas his Angels of Death. Fifteen years before 9/11, the government convicted the gang of plotting terrorist acts with Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi; currently, founding member Jeff Fort is serving a triple life sentence.
An exciting story about the evolution of a gang, the book is an exposé of how minority crime is targeted as well as a timely look at urban violence
"Journalist Moore and scholar Williams, the son of a former member of a rival gang, draw on interviews, newspaper accounts, and court records to examine the rise and fall of the gang that started as the Blackstone Rangers and later morphed into the El Rukns." —Booklist
This expos investigates the evolution of the Almighty Black P Stone Nation, a motley group of poverty-stricken teens transformed into a dominant gang accused of terrorist 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 fuelled 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.
About the Author
Natalie Y. Moore reports on issues of race for Chicago Public Radio. Her work has appeared in Essence, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune. She is coauthor of Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation. The son of a former Vice Lords gang member, Lance Williams is an assistant professor at Northeastern Illinois University, the assistant director of the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, and a youth advocate and activist.
Table of Contents
Big chief and little chief -- Birth of the Blackstone rangers -- Presbyterian patrons -- 1968 -- Things fall apart -- Ushering in Islam -- Angels of death -- Qaddafi and the domestic terrorism trial -- Prosecutorial misconduct -- The legacy of terrorism on street gangs -- The 8-tray Stones.