In the 1970s and 1980s, Chicago gangs distributed gang cards
to stake their neighbourhood claim. Full gallery available here
posted by gman
on Jan 20, 2012 -
The history of Chicago's greaser gangs
of the 1960s and 70s is an interesting one. Greaser gangs were street gangs made up of young white men who emulated the style of 1950s Fonzie-esque greasers, and existed in opposition to the perceived threat of Latinos and other minorities who were moving into their formerly Irish/Italian/Greek/etc. neighborhoods. Gangs such as the Simon City Royals
and the Almighty Gaylords (previously)
fought amongst themselves
and against Latino gangs such as the Latin Kings and the Vice Lords throughout the late 60s and 70s, even employing racist/extremist logos and imagery
to intimidate their enemies. Racial divides became less important with the advent of the drug trade, as formerly bitter enemies untied under the People and Folk nations
and graduated from comparatively innocent Outsiders-style street battling to violent warfare. Read all about this real-life version of The Warriors directly from the people who lived it.
posted by DecemberBoy
on Aug 10, 2008 -
The Almighty Gaylords "...To our first time visitors or people with little understanding of street gangs in general, the web site probably appears a little weird or creepy at first glance..."
Gang violence - Chicago Gaylord style...
posted by longbaugh
on Jan 11, 2006 -