Word on the Street: Oakland Raider Gear is a Gang Sign
A couple of different readers emailed me to tell me that they are seeing “thug” types who are clearly newcomers to the area wearing Oakland Raiders gear and wanted to know what gang uses that as a identifier. The answer is a lot of different gangs do. Both Folk Nation and People Nation gangs wear Raiders attire for various reasons. These “nations” are alliances of lots of different gangs who share a loose affiliation and some symbols.
In a 2007 news article San Bernardino County district attorney’s office gang prosecutor Cheryl Kersey said that probably 90% of gangs in that area used Oakland Raiders merchandise. Chicago area gangs are also known to use Raiders gear.
There’s been a lot of people moving here from gang infested areas and there are a lot of people moving here that have drug habits. I expect an uptick in gang activity as our drug market gets bigger and more lucrative. Stay away from “thugs’ wearing Raiders gear.