The Gangster Disciple is a gang that 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 its 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.
Gangster Disciples have been documented in the U.S. military, found in both U.S. and overseas bases. 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. 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 of The Gangster Disciple
Gangster Disciples represent the colors black and royal blue. Gang members are known to wear Georgetown Hoyas or Duke Blue Devils clothing.
Six-Pointed Star: Main Symbol of The Gangster Disciple
The major symbol Growth and Development make use of is the six-pointed Star of David (âœ¡). The symbol pays homage to founder David Barksdale, and the six points are said to represent love, life, loyalty, understanding, knowledge, and wisdom (respect).
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