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Harley-Davidson rally gives way to black biker rally

There are 47 comments on the Myrtle Beach Online story from May 21, 2007, titled Harley-Davidson rally gives way to black biker rally. In it, Myrtle Beach Online reports that:

“We're trying to get the last dollar. I don't put it on sale. It hasn't been a good year”

Harley motorcycle riders were cruising out of Myrtle Beach on Monday, making way for the second big bike rally of the year, the annual Memorial Day rally of black bikers. via Myrtle Beach Online

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Harley Ryder

United States

#1 May 21, 2007
Talking about discrimination. "Black Biker Week"
If the Harley folks called their rally "White Biker Week" the NAACP would jump all over that.
Ben_U_Dover

Hilton Head Island, SC

#2 May 21, 2007
I thought there was an African-American boycott of South Carolina Tourism due to the resembalence of a Confederate Flag still on State House grounds.

Is it a matter that the vast majority of the black attendees do not honor the wishes of the NAACP but do want to descend upon a that small city to create an atmosphere of protest, blatent racism and degrading music.

With the violence added to the mix, there is serious doubt that the death toll will be far greater than the rally that just passed.

Good Luck Myrtle Beach
sc-harleygirl

Conway, SC

#3 May 21, 2007
The police need to somehow slow these bikers down on their crotchrockets. They ride between cars waiting for a light in 3 lanes of traffic just to get ahead. Three of them passed me tonight on 707... on the right ...in the gravel! They know the cops can rarely catch them, so they do whatever they want. And they scare you to death coming up on you so fast.
As a local I'll be glad when this week is over!! Definitely a difference in this week and Harley week.
abc

United States

#4 May 21, 2007
stop whining! D**n.
yankee harley

Boston, MA

#5 May 22, 2007
and who says segregation is a GOVERNMENT THING! I myself personnalu find it pretty stupid to have 2 rallies, but I aint a southerner, the Carolinas are cashibg in so , "ALL HAIL THE MIGHT DOLLAR!" it isnt about whit or black, just GREEN!!
ironhead

Salisbury, NC

#6 May 22, 2007
why is bbweek held during the memorial day weekend? this should be a long weekend for families to enjoy the beach. this is no place for kids during this event.

Since: Feb 07

Hilton Head Island, SC

#7 May 23, 2007
Mexican American bike week will be next. 300,000 "Bicycles", all with little toy dogs mounted on the handle bars with their little heads bobbing up and down. Cheech and Chong bike week.

There seems to ba alot of money to be made with promoting racism.
They don't want everyone to be happy with each other because they loose money.

The reason they didn't combine the two was because there would have been riots I guess.

My thought is that if you don't like black people don't hang with them. And the same goes for white.

Hang with you're homies.

Don't let the government or these race driven organizations tell you who to hang with.

America is supposed to be free. Free from religious mandates that say you must belong to one special church.
The same goes for people.

Right now the group to watch is the Mexican government groups that are planing a take over of the south western states. And colorado.

My wife thinks it's silly, but Mexico is driving them.

Forget about Iraq. Bring the troops home and defend our own country from the ON-GOING invasion.

Black Bikers, come on down. We got stuff to sell and it's time to PAR_TAY. wish i owned a business.

Next thing you know we'll be selling black and white voodoo dolls. How silly are we becoming?
black barbie 07

Cary, NC

#8 May 23, 2007
Harley Ryder wrote:
Talking about discrimination. "Black Biker Week"
If the Harley folks called their rally "White Biker Week" the NAACP would jump all over that.
when that t-shirt is printed... I have got to get it!
I could care less what the "weekend" is called. I love Harley's and I love sports bikes. I love when white folks say that black folks would be upset with white folks calling something "white-this" or "white-that". Most of us (black folks), could give a damn either way. Also, to whoever mentioned the confederate flag; being from the south and loving history, the good, the bad and all of the rest... I cherish the confederate flag. I love that it once stood for a more innocent time and that so many people died over it because of what they believed in. Whether it was right or wrong. If more black people especially those of us from the south, would learn to embrace it as only a flag, a piece of history that we should not forget.... it would certainly take away it's racist strength. True those who use it to try to intimidate any group of people are only abusing what they claim they love so much.
_BB_
Kim

Bellefontaine, OH

#9 May 23, 2007
TooOld wrote:
Black Bikers, come on down. We got stuff to sell and it's time to PAR_TAY. wish i owned a business.
Next thing you know we'll be selling black and white voodoo dolls. How silly are we becoming?
From what we have been told by waitresses and other business owners, you are lucky you don't own a business during Atlantic bike week. Very little money is spent, very little money is made. There is quite a bit of destruction, and many attendees are very low on respect for others. You wouldn't believe the horror stories I have been told by housekeepers and others about the situations they deal with.

Since: Feb 07

Hilton Head Island, SC

#10 May 24, 2007
black barbie 07 wrote:
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when that t-shirt is printed... I have got to get it!
I could care less what the "weekend" is called. I love Harley's and I love sports bikes. I love when white folks say that black folks would be upset with white folks calling something "white-this" or "white-that". Most of us (black folks), could give a damn either way. Also, to whoever mentioned the confederate flag; being from the south and loving history, the good, the bad and all of the rest... I cherish the confederate flag. I love that it once stood for a more innocent time and that so many people died over it because of what they believed in. Whether it was right or wrong. If more black people especially those of us from the south, would learn to embrace it as only a flag, a piece of history that we should not forget.... it would certainly take away it's racist strength. True those who use it to try to intimidate any group of people are only abusing what they claim they love so much.
_BB_
That is how I see it too.
Your mention of "Most of us (black folks), could give a damn either way", is how I see most black folks. Not the way those rabble rouser Minister types portray it.

I see politeness everywhere in the South and my wife is amazed, since she hated the northerners because of their apparent coldness and rough way of talking.
Every state is different in the way it talks. In New York it sounds tough, but it's just the way they say things. Like the Sopranos.

I feel that this talk of Black people getting all upset with White people is politically and money driven.

These Reverends I hear about on the news all the time are the inciters. Just making a name for themselves.

Personally I don't like the name "Black" when describing Negro's or African Americans. The word Black, at least to me, sounds very cold.

Brown is much warmer sounding.
Brown is warmer feeling too.

A "Brown" lady I worked with gave me a big kiss one day for helping her on the job. I always thought that "Black" would feel cold, but it was WARM and passionate feeling. I had to retrain my brain. Now I can look at a nice looking "Brown" lady and think, Oh how nice.
I have see some "Brown" women in my travels that were unbelievably beautiful, Stunning and evocative. WOW.

We don't need some alleged Ministers telling us how to feel.
Sure we will see the gang types, but we see the same types in White, Brown, Yellow and what ever color.

The second I make eye contact with a person I can usually tell what kind of person they are.

There will probably always be a type of separation between the races because of basic natures. You can't ignore color, because it is just there in front of you. It is the Action of the color that affects you more.

I will have to see this group of "Black" bikers to be able to evaluate them. If they are anything like the last group I see no problems.

I apologize if I have said anything you feel is offensive.
Mungo

Durham, NC

#11 May 25, 2007
black barbie 07 wrote:
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when that t-shirt is printed... I have got to get it!
I could care less what the "weekend" is called. I love Harley's and I love sports bikes. I love when white folks say that black folks would be upset with white folks calling something "white-this" or "white-that". Most of us (black folks), could give a damn either way. Also, to whoever mentioned the confederate flag; being from the south and loving history, the good, the bad and all of the rest... I cherish the confederate flag. I love that it once stood for a more innocent time and that so many people died over it because of what they believed in. Whether it was right or wrong. If more black people especially those of us from the south, would learn to embrace it as only a flag, a piece of history that we should not forget.... it would certainly take away it's racist strength. True those who use it to try to intimidate any group of people are only abusing what they claim they love so much.
_BB_
Oh my dang, I love you! I don't know who you are but it does my heart good to see someone let go of he socially conditioned notions of the Confederate flag. My relatives were poor tenant farmers and gave their lives in the Civil War fighting for something obviously not slavery. So it's obvious to me there was far more to the thing than slavery.

Anyway, "BBWeek" has been called that by the attendees more so than any label applied by those of us living in the South.

And I'll admit too, more law enforcement need to be in force during both weeks. I just returned from Harley Week and the number of bikers driving stupidly was alarming. I've been going to both Fall Rallies and Spring Rallies for years now and I've never seen it so bad. They just don't understand they are going to ruin it for everyone.
Hammer

Mesa, AZ

#12 May 26, 2007
RIGHT ON! I can't tell you how sorry I feel for the Black People who have let themselves be manipulated by by their 'so-called' leaders; as though Black People couldn't think for themselves or make decisions for themselves without the "leadership" of the polically bloodthirsty. All for their own political advantage and power. I can't wait for Blacks to wake up and repudiate them and their race-mongering. Why can't (some) Black leaders be called racists? Their positions and power depend on racism and racial tension - so why would they be interested in peace or understanding between races?

Proposing or supporting things like "[insert race here] Week," only serve to further separate the races and perpetuate the consciousness of a segregated world. If Blacks want to get together with their friends and have a bike rally - more power to them. By why sanction racism by designating it "Black," or "Hispanic," or (God forbid) "White?" Why can't we just have sport bike rallies, or, touring bike rallies, or, South Carolina riders of all persuasions, or whatever we want? It is a free country - if one is inclined to believe it.
TooOld wrote:
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That is how I see it too.
Your mention of "Most of us (black folks), could give a damn either way", is how I see most black folks. Not the way those rabble rouser Minister types portray it.
I see politeness everywhere in the South...
I feel that this talk of Black people getting all upset with White people is politically and money driven.
These Reverends I hear about on the news all the time are the inciters. Just making a name for themselves.
We don't need some alleged Ministers telling us how to feel.
Sure we will see the gang types, but we see the same types in White, Brown, Yellow and what ever color.
The second I make eye contact with a person I can usually tell what kind of person they are.
There will probably always be a type of separation between the races because of basic natures. You can't ignore color, because it is just there in front of you. It is the Action of the color that affects you more.
I will have to see this group of "Black" bikers to be able to evaluate them. If they are anything like the last group I see no problems.
I apologize if I have said anything you feel is offensive.

Since: Feb 07

Hilton Head Island, SC

#13 May 26, 2007
who titled this event Black MC Week?
Was it local media, national media or the town itself or businesses?

Was it named by black groups themselves?

There must be many ways they could have advertised Bike week that would have drawn ALL bikers from the entire country.

If there is an organization of black bikers that personally organized this then the were addressing their particular group.

I have seen a couple of black bikers and they were all riding those cafe Racing style bikes. Quiet and Gone in a Flash type. Swoosh. Woof!

If you ride a motor cycle you're a biker or Triker in some cases.

There must be a lot of money to be made in racism or they wouldn't push it so hard.

If they push us to fight each other, the only one's that will be hurt in the are the ones doing the pushing.

I'll hate who I want, when I want and not before.
No matter what the race or nationality is.
This is all part of being a Free American with the freedom of choice.

You hate who you want, but leave me be.
Elizabeth

Apex, NC

#14 May 26, 2007
Kim wrote:
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From what we have been told by waitresses and other business owners, you are lucky you don't own a business during Atlantic bike week. Very little money is spent, very little money is made. There is quite a bit of destruction, and many attendees are very low on respect for others. You wouldn't believe the horror stories I have been told by housekeepers and others about the situations they deal with.
Kim please email me and tell me more of these experiences. I am writing a article about the situation. And trying to help my race understand why these things happen. I was a waitress and I know how hard it is to serve black people. We have to understand why we are acountable for our actions at times, everything is not racism. We have a "wild" tendency sometimes at events. I can't imagine the atmosphere. Email me: [email protected]

Since: Apr 07

Hilton Head Island, SC

#15 May 27, 2007
Elizabeth wrote:
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Kim please email me and tell me more of these experiences. I am writing a article about the situation. And trying to help my race understand why these things happen. I was a waitress and I know how hard it is to serve black people. We have to understand why we are acountable for our actions at times, everything is not racism. We have a "wild" tendency sometimes at events. I can't imagine the atmosphere. Email me: [email protected]
During Harley week there were plenty of blacks. More this year than last from what I've seen. By far, most of them riding Harleys. They acted no different than anyone else there, no disrespect, no attitudes, which is far from what you'll witness during this current event.
I really think the Atlantic rally is nothing more than a prejudicial protest under the guise of an ethnicly centered rally.
the real honest

AOL

#16 May 28, 2007
memorial day is not the time for bbw ! it should be delayed another week so the families that come to the beach without seeing the nasty trash won't have to. i've been to both types of bike weeks and bbw in a just cause to ban it altogether ! the naacp doesn't know a damn thing abought business ! would any of it's members want to have their place destroyed by a bunch of idiots? i don't think so ..the lawsuits were a bunch of bs and i can't blame businesses for closing after seeing how these people act..
clarence

Asheboro, NC

#17 May 28, 2007
you all do call it the white biker rally, because you all get treated so much better than the black bikers.
BE HONEST

AOL

#18 May 28, 2007
clarence wrote:
you all do call it the white biker rally, because you all get treated so much better than the black bikers.
YOU GET TREATED BY THE WAY YOU ACT..!!
BE HONEST

AOL

#19 May 28, 2007
Elizabeth wrote:
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Kim please email me and tell me more of these experiences. I am writing a article about the situation. And trying to help my race understand why these things happen. I was a waitress and I know how hard it is to serve black people. We have to understand why we are acountable for our actions at times, everything is not racism. We have a "wild" tendency sometimes at events. I can't imagine the atmosphere. Email me: [email protected]
I HAVE BEEN TO THE FIRST BIKE WEEK, THE KICK-OFF AND TO WHAT IS CALLED BLACK BIKE WEEK, THERE IS A LOT OF DIFFERENCE IN THE WAY PEOPLE ACT. IT IS TERRIBLE HOW PEOPLE ACT DURING BBW ! FOR MYRTLE BEACH TO SUBMIT TO THIS BEHAVIOR IS BAD FOR ALL..ESP DURING A MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND...BUT FROM WHAT I'M TOLD, IT KEEPS THE TRASH OUT OF DC DURING THIS HOLIDAY EVEN THOUGH IT SUBMITS CLEAN FAMILIES TO THE TRASH THAT WANT TO SPEND A COUPLE OF DAYS AT THE BEACH !
evodave8980

United States

#20 May 28, 2007
Bikers,where does this black bullshit come from?Are we reliving the 50'&60's,it is BS. That is all I have to say about that.

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