member of a organized crime family. refers mainly to mafioso and mobsters, the kind of guys that wear suits and if you ever ran your mouth theyd put a hole through your forehead. examples are scarface, al capone, bugsy moran, the purple gang (dont let their name fool you, they were powerful enough to keep al capone out of detroit, they sold smuggled booze 2 him), jon gotti. these were some of the most fearsome criminals in american history. gangster is not to be confused with the retards who call themselves gangstas. gangsters can be any colour, white, black, latino, asian etc. there is no racial boundary
"gangstas" such as Community Resources for an Independant People, or the crips, and Blood Love Overcomes Our Depressions, or the Bloods.