|Via Bleacher Report|
Noting this incongruence, I said something about it on a couple of social media outlets, including the following on Twitter:
"Serena glorifying the gang that killed her sister on the international stage is an unfortunate consequence of gang culture going pop."
I got accused of reaching on that tweet by more people than typically pay me any mind. I'm glad to listen to those who thought I was, but I don't see it. While it has certainly gained its pop appeal, the C-walk's gang past isn't at all far behind it. To me, this isn't the case of taking something that once had meaning but had been so far removed that its history was largely unknown. It's still alive and well, especially in Williams' home of Compton. So while my 140 character statement may have oversimplified things--I'm sure that when spontaneously breaking into dance, she wasn't intending to glorify gang life--I don't think it is by any means a stretch to associate the Crip Walk with the Crips.