Major League Baseball is actually licensing New Era ballcaps that feature not just gang colors but reproduces gang symbols as well! The hat above features colors and patterns used by the Bloods gang, but there are others that use colors and symbols for the Crips (blue and gray) and for the Latin Kings (a gold crown).

MyfoxNY reported on some outrage and protests on the hats after the jump:

“Companies involved should not profit from the promotion of gang affiliation, which leads only to gang violence,” the activists, who call themselves the Coalition to Protect Our Children, said in a statement. The coalition is concerned that unsuspecting kids could buy one of the hats, wear it in the wrong turf and then be targeted for attack.

The group marched in East Harlem Thursday and pressured local shops to pull the caps from their shelves. One store operator agreed to do so.

I went on New Era’s website to try to find these hats and I couldn’t. I wonder if they’ve been taken off the site already? The Deuce applauds Major League Baseball however, talk about a shrewd marketing move to actually attempt to go for a market that hasn’t been exploited since the early 90s with the black and white White Sox, Kings and Raiders apparel. Gangsta rap might not be popular anymore, but real muthafukkin G’s still live on. HOLLA BUD SELIG!

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