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Folk Nation Sets

  • Black Gangster Disciples
  • Black Disciples
  • Gangster Disciples
  • La Raza
  • Cobras
  • Eagles
  • Latin Disciples
  • Maniac Latin Disciples
  • Simon City Royals
  • Spanish Gangsters
  • Two Sixers


                                     Folk Nation Sets

Black Gangster Disciples

  • Identifiers/symbols:
    • six-point star
    • the letters "BGD"
    • raised pitchforks
graffiti showing star and letters BGD

Black Disciples

  • Identifiers/symbols:
    • six-point star
    • the letters "BD"
    • crossed pitchforks
    • heart with wings
Photo of Black Disciples graffiti
Photo obtained from
Gang Prevention Inc.

Gangster Disciples

  • Identifiers/symbols:
    • six-point star
    • initials "GD"
    • initials "BOS" or "BOSS (Brothers of the Struggle or Brothers of the Strong Struggle)
    • the number 6
    • raised pitchforks
Six pointed star and letters GD

Imperial Gangsters

  • Identifiers/symbols:
    • crown with rounded edges
    • initials "IG"
    • raised pitchforks

La Raza

  • Identifiers/symbols:
    • initials "LR"
    • Folk Nation symbols
Five point crown and letters LR

Spanish Cobras

  • Identifiers/symbols:
    • the cobra
    • raised pitchforks
    • initials "SC"
Photo of cobra drawing on side of building.
Photo obtained from
Gang Prevention Inc.

Latin Eagles

  • Identifiers/symbols:
    • eagle in flight
    • eagle's head
    • Folk Nation symbols
Drawing of eagle in flight.

Latin Disciples

  • Identifiers/symbols:
    • heart with horns and devil's tail
    • raised pitchforks
Pitch forks and Heart with horns and tail

Maniac Latin Disciples

  • Identifiers/symbols:
    • six-point star
    • initials "LD" or "MLD"
    • raised pitchfork(s)
Up-side-down pyrmid, six pointed star and crown.

Simon City Royals

  • Identifiers/symbols:
    • six pointed star
    • the word "Royals"
    • pitchforks
Photo of wall with Royals, hood, and other graffiti
Photo obtained from
Gang Prevention Inc.

Spanish Gangster Disciples

  • Identifiers/symbols:
    • cross
    • the words "Spanish Gangster Disciples"
    • Folk Nation symbols
Drawing of cross with circle center.

Two Sixers

  • Identifiers/symbols:
    • dice with "6" on one die and "2" on the other
    • initials "TS"
    • rabbit head
    • Folk Nation symbols
Example of Two Sixers graffiti

International Posse (INP)

  • Identifiers/symbols:
    • six-point star
    • the letters "INP"
    • pitchforks
    • the number 6
    • heart with wings
    • Notre Dame logo
  • Multiracial
  • Originated in South Dade County, Florida to protect against Latin Kings and joined Folk Nation later.
  • Claim chapters in:
    • California
    • Detroit
    • Ft. Lauderdale
    • Miami
    • New York
    • Orlando
    • Puerto Rico
    • Texas
    • West Palm Beach
Photo of handsigns and tatto. Tatto with words International Posse Tatto of letters INP, face w/hat, candle Tatto showing letters:   IN/P

Hand signs used by gang members to identify their membership
or to antagonize members of other gangs.

.  The "Primo" Sign "Power"
"Victory"  Number One
 Piru Sign: "Blood" Kitchen Crip
 Bounty Hunters Crips: "Cousin"
 Bishop Brims
 Mafia Crips Athens Park Boys (APBs)
 "C": Crip "C-C": Compton Crip
 "U": Underground Crip "H": Harlem Crip
 "E": East "0": Number Zero
 "M": Mafia Crip
"H": Hoover Crip  Black Stone





Gangs that are currently active and who are becoming increasingly troublesome in Southeastern Wisconsin and Racine County include:
Folks:Gang Activity Tag


 x.gif (106 bytes) Black Gangster Disciple Nation:

 x.gif (106 bytes)  Black Gangster Disciples
x.gif (106 bytes) Black Disciples 
x.gif (106 bytes) Gangster Disciples
x.gif (106 bytes) "GD"
x.gif (106 bytes) etc...

x.gif (106 bytes)  Imperial Gangsters

x.gif (106 bytes)  Spanish Gangsters

x.gif (106 bytes)  Imperial Spanish Gangsters

x.gif (106 bytes)  Brothers of the Struggle

x.gif (106 bytes) Spanish Cobras

x.gif (106 bytes) Shorty with Authority

x.gif (106 bytes)  F.W.A. (Females with an Attitude)





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

David Barksdale became the leader of BGDN and Hoover became his second in command. Barksdale died in 1972 and Hoover took over the leadership position. After Barksdale's death, Jerome Freeman, who was loyal to Barksdale and never wanted the two groups to unite in the first place, established a parallel leadership position to Hoover. As a result of this split, two distinct groups emerged within the BGDN. Freeman formed a street gang which calls itself Black Disciples or BDs, while Hoover renamed his gang the Black Gangster Disciples or BGDs.

These two gangs have at times been bitter rivals. The Black Disciples have remained relatively small in numbers, and have not branched out like the BGDs.The BGDs use the six-pointed star, (the "Star of David") as their symbol, which represents life, loyalty, understanding, knowledge, wisdom, and love. They also use the upward crossed pitchforks, and a heart with wings.

Tattoos utilized by the BGD include: a devils tail; a top hat with a staff the top of the staff has a pitch fork with the numbers three, six, zero, and at the bottom is an upside down cross. Oakland Raider clothing is common and they often carry white, light grey or black bandanas.

The BGD are presence throughout the United States. Chicago is the location of their leaders and they have a strong presence in most Midwest cities. The BDG is one of the country's largest criminal organizations.In the mid-1990s a federal task force was formed to investigate the BGD involvement in several murders and drug sales. The government found the gang was making over $100,000,000.00 a year in illegal drug sales. Several high ranking members were convicted and are serving life sentences.

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 through the formation of the "Growth and Development" movement. Gangster Disciples began blanketing the city of Chicago attempting to register voters from the inner city. They then "encouraged" the newly registered voters to vote for candidates loyal to their cause. While incarcerated, the Black Gangster Disciples will unite with allied gangs under the guise of the Brothers of Struggle (BOS). The gang continues to be involved in large scale drug trafficking, murders and white-collar crime.

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