Crips and Bloods: Made in America examines two of the most notorious gangs in the United States. The Crips began to form in 1969 and are one of the largest and most violent street gangs in the country today. In 1972, when the Crips were well-established, the Bloods began to organize, but they were outnumbered three to one by Crips. Today the Bloods' membership extends across the United States and members have been found in every area, including the U.S. military. Created with the sole purpose of competing against the Crips, the Bloods are now are their biggest, most infamous rivalry. This documentary discusses the circumstances that led to the creation of both gangs. Beyond the background of the gangs' formations lies the external influences that created an environment that fueled Los Angeles youth to join such violent gangs. The documentary also discusses the government's response to gang-related conflict within the minorities.