The World's Greatest Wars - Uncensored

  • Season 1 , Ep 10
  • 03/26/2003
  • Views: 167,976

A classic war that continues to rage on in Chicago is profiled -- and it all started with a pair of sneakers. (5:16)

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WE'VE REVIEWEDTHE CIVIL WAR,

WORLD WAR IIAND THE GULF WAR.

BUT NOW, WE TURN YOURATTENTION TO A CLASSIC WAR

THAT TOOK PLACE RIGHT HEREON AMERICAN SOIL.

FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS,ON CHICAGO'S SOUTH SIDE,

A VIOLENT WAR HAS BEEN WAGEDBETWEEN TWO BITTER ENEMIES,

THE 19th STREET GANGSTERSAND THE RIVER TERRACE CREW.

THE WAR BEGAN IN 1982 OVERA PAIR OF BASKETBALL SHOES.

BUT NOT JUSTANY BASKETBALL SHOES.

THESE... WERE NIKES.

"AY, DOG, AY,"

EARL "THE SNAKE" WHITECALLED OUT

AFTER A RIVAL MEMBEROF THE 19th STREET GANGSTERS,

GENERAL CORNROW WALLACE,

MADE MINOR CONTACTWITH HIS SHOES.

AY !

AY, DOG, AY.

YOU STEPPEDON MY SNEAKER, MAN !

THE SNAKE KNEW THEN THATHE WOULD HAVE TO FIGHT HIM.

AAH !

AH, AAH !

WHAT YOU GOT ?

OH ! AAH !

( mocking )AAH ! AAH !

GET THAT SHITOFF MY SNEAKERS !

( clucking,cooing )

THE SNAKE WAS DOWN,BUT NOT OUT.

HE RETURNED TOTHE CREW'S CLUBHOUSE

AND RALLIED THE TROOPSWITH A MOST IMPASSIONED SPEECH.

SOME MARK-ASS TRICK JUSTSTEPPED ON MY SNEAKERS

AND POURED MORTON SALTALL OVER 'EM.

ARE Y'ALLREADY TO RIDE ?

ROBBLE, ROBBLE.

( all )ROBBLE, ROBBLE !

LET'S RIDE ON THESE FOOLSAT THEIR OWN BARBECUE.

WASTING NO TIME,THE CREW COMMENCED

STOMPING ONPEOPLE'S SNEAKERS

TO LET THEM KNOWWHO RAN THE PROJECTS.

GENERAL CORNROW WALLACEPULLED OUT A GUN--

UNHEARD OF, AT THAT POINT,IN STREET FIGHTING.

( gunshot )

A RESIDENT CALLED 9-1-1IMMEDIATELY.

POLICE SHOWED UP PROMPTLYFOUR HOURS LATER.

CORNROW WAS SENTENCEDTO SEVEN YEARS IN PRISON.

HIS TIME THERE WOULD BEFORMATIVE, TO SAY THE LEAST.

( clucking,cooing )

HIS ROOMMATE IN JAIL WAS A MANNAMED TYRONE BIGGUMS,

WHO REGALED CORNROWWITH STORIES

OF A NEW WAYTO MAKE COCAINE.

IT'S CALLED CRACK !

IT'S GREAT !

AND IT'S SOSIMPLE TO MAKE !

ALL YOU NEEDIS SOME COCAINE

AND SOME BAKING SODA...

AND I THINK I TASTEDEGG AND CINNAMON.

WHOEVER SELLS ITIS GONNA BE RICH !

CORNROW IMMEDIATELY ALERTEDHIS FRIENDS ON THE OUTSIDE

VIA A LETTER.

( man reading slowly )"YO.

"Y'ALL NIGGERS NEEDTO COOK UP COCAINE

"WITH... BA-KING POWDERAND SELL IT.

"ALL THE BEST, CORNROLLUP.

P.S. ( coos )"

THEY IMMEDIATELY STARTEDCOOKING THE STUFF UP

AND SELLING IT ON WHAT LITTLESPACE THEY STILL CONTROLLED.

THEY HAD MADE HUNDREDSOF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS

IN MERE WEEKS.

IN NO TIME, SNAKE AND HIS CREWFOLLOWED SUIT.

THE MONEY MADE FUELED WHATBECAME A HEATED ARMS RACE

BETWEEN THE TWO GROUPS.

( gunshots )

( explosion,Snake laughs )

THE VIOLENCE ESCALATEDEVERY YEAR,

FINALLY PEAKING IN 1989

WHEN THE 19th STREET GANGSTERSSUSTAINED A MASSIVE LOSS

AT THE BATTLE OFTHE KOOL MOE DEE CONCERT,

WHICH TOOK PLACE AT...A KOOL MOE DEE CONCERT.

NEWLY RELEASED FROM PRISON,

REVERED GENERAL CORNROW WALLACEWAS SHOT DEAD.

THE FUNERAL WAS SOMBER

AND FILLED WITH CORNROW'SSIGNATURE BIRD CALL.

( all cooing )

THE FUNERAL PASSEDWITHOUT INCIDENT

BUT WHAT THE CREW DID NEXT

APPALLED EVENTHE HARDEST THUGS.

THE CREW WENTTO THE GRAVEYARD

AND DUG UP GENERALCORNROW WALLACE'S BODY,

ABSCONDING WITH ITTO THEIR HIDEOUT.

THE INCIDENT WAS VIDEOTAPED

AND SENT TO MEMBERS OFTHE 19th STREET GANGSTERS.

HEY, FOOL, WE GOTYOUR LEADER.

LOOK AT US.

HIGH FIVE !HIGH FIVE !

LOOK AT THESEPRETTY CLOTHES THERE.

GET HIS SHOES,LOOK AT THEM PRETTY SHOES !

OH, I'M STEPPIN' ON 'EM.

♪ ROBBLE, ROBBLEROBBLE, ROBBLE ♪

TENSIONS BETWEENTHE GANGSTERS

AND THE 19th STREET CREWRAGE TO THIS DAY.

MOST OF THE ORIGINAL MEMBERSOF THE GANGS

ARE EITHER DEADOR IN JAIL.

BUT WE DID SPEAK TO ONE MEMBER,EARL "THE SNAKE" WHITE.

IRONICALLY, HE NOW WORKSAT A FRIENDLY SHOE SOURCE

IN A STRIP MALL ONTHE EXACT LOCATION

WHERE THE CARDINAL PROJECTSONCE STOOD.

ALL RIGHT !

SNAKE, KNOWING WHAT YOU DO NOW,WAS IT ALL WORTH IT ?

YEAH, IT WAS A TRAGEDY !

CAN YOU REPEATTHE QUESTION ?

FOR THE HISTORY CHANNEL,I'M JEFF FRANKEL.

GOOD NIGHT.

( applause )

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