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Gangster Disciples
Founding location U.S.(Chicago)
Years active Late 1960s – present
Territory Nationwide
Ethnicity Mostly African American
Membership 35,000+
Criminal activities Drug trafficking, robbery, extortion, murder, prostitution
Allies Folk Nation, Black Guerilla Family, Black Mafia Family, Crips, Juggalos,[1] Zoe Pound
Rivals People Nation, Black P. Stone, Vice Lords, Latin Kings, Four Corner Hustlers

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.

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 blue. Gang members are known to wear Georgetown Hoyas or Duke Blue Devils clothing.

Six pointed star[edit]

The predominant symbol this criminal gang makes use of is the six-pointed Star of David (✡). The symbol pays homage to founder David Barksdale

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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Hip-Hop Wired
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:37:30 -0700

A former high-ranking member of the Gangster Disciples, the Chicago gang was reported to be the largest criminal organization in the United States. Ward gave up his criminal past and reformed himself to focus his energy into eliminating the violence in ...

New York Daily News

Chicago Tribune
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:09:30 -0700

Four men, all of whom police say are members of the Sircon City faction of the Gangster Disciples street gang, were charged Friday in Smith's slaying, and all four were in Cook County bond court on Saturday, where they each were ordered held without bail.

Westword (blog)

Westword (blog)
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:33:45 -0700

Now 53 and serving a 64-year sentence for aggravated robbery, Harris was in the Arapahoe County jail on domestic violence charges in 2006 when, he says, the much younger Ray found out they knew some of the same people in the Gangster Disciples and ...
 
WSOC Charlotte
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:39:38 -0700

Six people were arrested Friday during the fight at South Pointe High and two others were arrested afterward at a nearby home. Police said the teens involved are members of the Weezy Glo and Gangster Disciples gangs. A school spokesperson said the ...

CBS News

CBS News
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:23:13 -0700

It would maybe not be a big deal in other towns, but Chicago is a different story. Morgan Street, in the Englewood neighborhood is the dividing line between two rival gangs: The Black Disciples and the Gangster Disciples. And if you're in the area and ...
 
Chicago Tribune
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 11:22:22 -0700

The Hobos started in the now-shuttered Robert Taylor public housing complex from factions of the Gangster Disciples and the Black Disciples street gangs, authorities have said. According to prosecutors, the gang has won a reputation on Chicago streets ...
 
Chicago Sun-Times
Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:11:15 -0700

A self-styled music producer and longtime member of the Gangster Disciples street gang was ordered held without bail Sunday after prosecutors alleged he murdered three members of his own gang in the early 2000s. Prosecutors said Rickey “Suave” Royal, ...
 
Chicago Sun-Times
Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:33:45 -0700

A paroled member of the Gangster Disciples street gang brazenly puffed pot smoke into the Chicago cop's face, prosecutors say. With a lit blunt in hand, parolee Iris Hawk, 22, approached a Chicago Police car Saturday in the 7600 block of South Ashland.
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