[Black] Gangster Disciple Nation

The Gangster Disciples are a largely African-American Chicago-based street gang which has, over the years, grown into one of the largest criminal organizations in the United States, known to be involved in about $100 million a year of drug trafficking.

Originally formed on the South Side of Chicago, they now have an enormous presence in the Chicagoland area, and in major Midwestern cities such as Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Milwaukee, and Indianapolis. Their presence has also been reported in other midwestern cities such as St. Louis, Missouri, Des Moines, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska. 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 of smaller gangs. They also have a heavy presence in southern cities such as Houston, Little Rock, Memphis and Jackson.

Symbols used by the Gangster Disciples include a six-pointed star (Star of David) in remembrance of its co-founder 'King' David Barksdale, although there is no connection to the Jewish symbol apart from the name David, a three-pointed 'Devil's pitchfork' pointed upward and resembling the Greek letter psi, a heart with wings, horns, and tail, and a three-pointed crown. To display the pitchfork or crown prongs-down is considered an insult. The gang's colors are black and blue.