Aryan Brotherhood (AB)
Gender Makeup: Male
Racial Makeup: White Example of Aryan Brotherhood graffiti.
Origin: Originated in 1967 in the San Quentin State Prison, California Department of Corrections.
Characteristics: Unaffiliated splinter groups sometimes use the name of their state along with the name "Aryan Brotherhood" (e.g., Aryan Brotherhood of Texas). Members display many white supremacist, neo-Nazi characteristics and ideology, but often …show more content…
Over the years, the AB has moved away from the Neo-Nazi philosophy, with group members identifying more with Irish ancestry and Norse/Viking symbolism and history. The AB has a "blood in-blood out" philosophy ۩meaning that members kill to gain admission and only are released from membership by their own death. Most members are apolitical and the group's primary orientation now is drug trafficking.
Membership Characteristics: While consisting only of white members, there are documented instances where AB members, who are white supremacists, will associate with blacks (but not admit them to membership) when they are needed for drug and extortion transactions.
Before gaining membership, a recruit must prove his dedication by carrying out a murder of a person targeted for death by the AB. This ritual is called "making your bones." It is also known as "Blood in -Blood out." Membership is considered to be for life; the only way out of the AB is by death, either by natural or by the hands of another (including an AB member).
Recruits must receive a unanimous vote from existing members. This often results in close association of numerous