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What Justice Means to Me with Angelo “Barefoot Pookie” White

This exclusive video from The Justice Project features Executive Director Noah benShea interviewing Angelo “Barefoot Pookie” White, the Founder of the Crips Street Gang on what justice means to him. Set in Angelo’s home in Watts, California, Noah and Angelo share a frank and intimate discussion about the history of street violence in Los Angeles, alternative directions for disenfranchised youth, and what justice means to Angelo.

When asked what justice meant to him, Angelo answered succinctly and with poignant candor by saying “it is ‘just us.’” From this perspective, justice becomes defined by how you and your immediate ‘gang’ of fellow aspirants overcome the societal obstacles that prevent your attainment of a more equitable life. Additionally, those on the upper end of the economic ladder act to serve individual interests in a “just us” mentality.

Watch all the What Justice Means to Me video series.