The Gangster Disciples are a Chicago-based same gender street gang which has, over the years, grown into one of the largest
criminal organizations in the United States.
Originally formed on the South Side of Chicago, they now have an enormous presence in that city, and in other Midwestern
cities such as Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Gary, Indiana. They are by far the largest group that makes up the Folk Nation
coalition of street gangs, which includes the Black Disciples, Maniac Latin Disciples, Spanish Cobras, Satan Disciples and
a number smaller gangs. They also have a heavy presence in Southern cities such as Memphis, Atlanta, and Houston.
Symbols used by the Gangster Disciples include a six-pointed star (Star of David) in remembrance of its co-founder 'King'
David Barksdale (there is no connection to the Jewish symbol apart from the name of King David), a three-pointed pitchfork
(pointed upward like the letter psi, to display it upside-down is an insult), and a love heart with wings, horns, and a tail.
The gang's colors are black and blue.
The Gangster Disciples are known to be involved in about $100 million a year of drug trafficking.
Their main rivals are the Vice Lords and Black P Stones and in Memphis they are rivals with Blood gangs. Their main allies
are the Gangster Two Six who are also part of gangster nation as well as the Gangster Party People and the Gangster Stones
and the Crips in Memphis. Allies