I wish non-black people would not romanticize the gangs that terrorized black communities in the…

Agreed. But I don’t think Koester was romanticizing as much as relaying one facet of an existing subculture, which at the time was most certainly being glamorized on a mainstream level. Films like Colors put a spotlight on gangs—these photographs responded to the fiction by attempting to show something of the reality it was based in.

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