What Is the Six-Point Star of the GD Gang

In honour and memory of David Barksdale, the gang’s founder, the notorious GD gang—short for Gangster Disciples—uses the six-point star as their primary means of identification. The Gangster Disciples’ six-pointed star is a replica of the Star of David. The virtues of love, life, loyalty, wisdom, knowledge, and understanding are embodied in its six points.

The Gangster Disciples have a number of additional insignia in addition to the six-pointed star, including a pair of pitchforks, a heart with wings, an upside-down shepherd’s staff, an upside-down pyramid, and an upside-down cross.

In keeping with history, the GD uses symbols that are either blue or black, which are the organization’s official colours. More over half of the United States has active members of the GD, which was founded in Chicago.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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