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Gangster Disciples (FOLK)
Founding location U.S.(Chicago)
Years active Late 1960s – present
Territory Nationwide
Ethnicity Mostly African American
Membership 20,000
Criminal activities Drug trafficking, robbery, extortion, murder, prostitution
Allies Folk Nation, Black Guerilla Family, Black Mafia Family, Juggalos,Bloods,crips[1]
Rivals People Nation, Black P.Stones, Vice Lords, , Latin Kings, & Black Disciples

The Gangster Disciple is a gang which was formed on the South-side of Chicago in the late 1960s, by Larry Hoover, leader of the High Supreme Gangsters, and David Barksdale, leader of the Black Disciples. The two groups united to form the Black Gangster Disciple Nation (BGDN).

The gang has made several attempts to legitimize their image. Some members dropped the "B" and began to call themselves GDs or Gangster Disciples. In the 1990s the Gangster Disciples entered into politics in the Chicago tradition of Black Panthers, Black Stone Rangers, Latin Kings, Vice Lords, Black Disciples and Young Lords through the formation of the "Growth and Development" movement. Outside of Chicago some gangs will still go by the old name of BGD.[2]

Gangster Disciples have been documented in the U.S. military, found in both U.S. and overseas bases.[3] Graffiti characteristic of the Gangster Disciples has been reportedly seen in U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. They've branched out to other states and cities such as NC, TX, Florida, and New York.

Symbols, signs and emblems[edit]

Like most major gangs, Gangster Disciples use a well-defined system of symbols to communicate alliances and rivalries. This system is a combination of symbols that represent the Gangster Disciple Nation or the Folk Nation as a whole and symbols that rivals use to represent their organization, typically inverted to show disrespect.

Colors and apparel[edit]

Gangster Disciples "represent" with the colors black and royal blue. Gang members are known to wear Georgetown Hoyas or Duke Blue Devils clothing.

Six pointed star[edit]

The major symbol Growth and Development make use of is the six-pointed Star of David (✡). The symbol pays homage to founder David Barksdale,and the six points are said to represent love, life, loyalty, understanding, knowledge, and wisdom (respect).

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://info.publicintelligence.net/NGIC-Juggalos.pdf
  2. ^ "> Black Gangster Disciples". Gang Prevention Services. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  3. ^ "Gangs Increasing in Military, FBI Says". McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. 30 June 2008. 

External links[edit]


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The Virginian-Pilot
Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:41:37 -0700

In the early 2000s, a group of gangsters calling themselves Six-Deuce-Trey started dealing drugs in Portsmouth. They were small-time, and they also liked to call themselves Gangster Disciples, after a Chicago gang that started in the late 1960s. In ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:15:00 -0700

Nicknamed K I, Gakirah is said to have run with the STL-EBT crew, a young branch of the notorious Gangster Disciples, who have bedevilled the south side since the 1960s. As allies of Lil Jay, a local up-and-coming rapper, they clashed with boys from ...
 
WSBT-TV
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:29:42 -0700

Moore says he joined Gangster Disciples when he was just 13 – living that lifestyle for comfort and money. “[I was] selling drugs, prostitution, pimpin,' gambling,' there's all types of ways to do it. Home invasions, selling goods, stuff like that ...
 
Chicago Sun-Times
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:33:45 -0700

A 14-year-old boy was standing on the front porch with his cousin Wednesday when another teenager, who was accompanied by two others, allegedly asked him if he was a “GD.” When the boy denied being in the Gangster Disciples, one of the trio said, “Yes ...
 
The Ann Arbor News
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:42:06 -0700

According to state records, Lee, of Flint, is an ex-con and member of the Gangster Disciples gang while in the Saginaw Correctional Facility and was the victim of a gang-related stabbing while in prison. He served eight years in prison before being ...
 
DNAinfo
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:37:53 -0700

Officials have attributed at least some of the gun violence to a long-standing feud between two factions of the Gangster Disciples street gang. Within the Howard Street area, a gang known as "Loyalty Over Cash," and within the Morse Avenue area, a gang ...
 
Chicago Tribune
Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:31:40 -0700

Prosecutors said Kevin “Big Stupid” Stanley, 31, and Ronald Henderson, 33, had been gunning for Chastity's father, Andre Turner, who testified at trial that he was the “shot caller” managing crack cocaine sales for the Gangster Disciples at 74th Street ...
 
Gawker
Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:37:08 -0700

A few months later, 18-year-old rapper Lil Jojo—of the Gangster Disciples' Bricksquad gang faction—was gunned down in Englewood on South Princeton Avenue, on his bike, five hours after antagonizing local rival Lil Reese via Twitter. Keef took to ...
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