By James “Hollywood” Macecari
I’m a big history buff. It’s really the only thing except motorcycles I really get into. In school it would be the only subject I would pay attention and get a half decent grade in. What was funny is when you get out into the real world the history you truly learn when the system isn’t shoving their definition of history down your throat.
When the monuments started to fall through the South I was more disturbed than anyone will ever know. These people running around claiming those statues represented a bunch of racists burns a person up and couldn’t be further from the truth.
Truth is, those statues are our history. You cannot try and wipe away history because it offends you . My great great great grandfather was apart of the Northern Army of Virginia. It’s actually pretty funny. My Dad is originally from West Virginia. I have a whole other side of a family that won’t talk to each other cause of that war.
One of the biggest misconceptions the public has when they see a biker club wearing lightning bolts or a Swazi; They must be racists. Well that’s not entirely true. Most of those clubs are mixed clubs . White/Latino and so forth. They used the symbol as intimidation towards the public. That was it. No political ideology behind it other than spooking a view civilians.
Personally, I wouldn’t have anything to do with that Swazi or that flag. I’ve been blessed to be apart of a family that has had a family member going back to the inception of this country fight in one of it’s wars. When I see that flag or the symbols of Germany from the 1940’s all I think about is how many US Soldiers died trying to bring that son of a bitch down; How if it wasn’t for those service men back then fighting and dying how we all be speaking fucking German right now.
Enough about that and let’s dive into the subject at hand. For those who don’t know who the Buffalo Soldiers M/C are; they started out in my hometown of Chicago in October 1993.
The main purpose of the Buffalo Soldiers was to be a positive force in the African American Community. The Buffalo Soldiers provide support to many charities that include the March of Dimes, Toys for Tots and many others.
The Buffalo Soldiers are a 503C organization and have a mix of all races and creeds. One of the biggest things that Buffalo Soldiers do is provide Scholarships to Seniors in High School to help pay for college. The following is from their website.
Paying for college can be a hardship for many families. Unfortunately many young men and women have difficulty pursuing their educational goals because of financial burdens. For this reason, the National Association of Buffalo Soldiers & Troopers Motorcycle Club (NABSTMC) has created an initiative that assists seniors in high school with their first year of college tuition.
The NABSTMC will provide each of its five Frontiers with $2000.00 in scholarship funds for graduating high school seniors. NABSTMC and the National Scholarship Committee will also award a single $5,000.00 scholarship.
This program is open to any high school senior that meets the requirements above, to include home school, as long as education can be verified. Children of Buffalo Soldiers and/or Troopers are eligible to apply.
Requirements of Each Applicant
- A minimum GPA of 2.0 un-weighted.
- ACT/SAT Scores
- Official High School Transcript (or equivalent if home schooled)
- A 500 word essay on the topics described in the application packet.
- At least one letter of recommendation on official letter head from a teacher, guidance counselor or school administrator, and/or community service organization.
- A letter of acceptance to an institution of higher learning.
- Provide Student’s name, complete name and address of the school, and student ID
- Number. Checks will be mailed to the school via the student’s account.
- A statement from the student and/or parent/guardian explaining financial need.
- A valid address, email and/or phone number so the selection committee can follow-up with the parent or guardian if the student is a finalist.
It’s always great to be able to write and feature a motorcycle club that is making a positive affect on the community. A lot of the time on Insane Throttle we feature some of the things going on in the motorcycle scene that isn’t all that good. So being able to get the word out on clubs and individuals making a difference is always the best part of my job. Head on over to their site and give them a look. I also included some great articles on the History of the Buffalo Soldiers below.
Source- The Progress Index
The Carol Adams Foundation and Connect Our Kids will receive benefits from club’s community outreach program
RICHMOND — The Buffalo Soldiers Richmond Virginia Motorcycle Club recently announced The Carol Adams Foundation and Connect Our Kids as the recipients for their 2018 community outreach program.
The history of the Buffalo Soldiers originated in 1866 when two United States African American regiments were formed; the 9th and 10th cavalries. Members of these two cavalry units and two all-black infantry regiments, the 24th and 25th, came to be known as the Buffalo Soldiers. By 1867, the first Buffalo Soldier units went to the West to fight Indians and protect settlers, cattle herds and railroad crews. In the 1950′s, Buffalo Soldier regiments were disbanded when all military services were integrated.
Today, the Buffalo Soldiers Richmond Virginia Motorcycle Club carries on the legacy and honor of those who helped shape America by educating the public and serving the Richmond area community.
The Carol Adams Foundation supports victims of domestic violence and Connect Our Kids is building intelligent technology to dramatically improve the process of finding families for foster children. The Buffalo Soldiers Richmond Virginia Motorcycle Club will sponsor the Carol Adams Foundation Annual Golf Tournament in September and kick off their inaugural Ride Through Richmond in June to support Connect Our Kids.
“Our club looks for service projects that create a stronger community and we are honored to have the opportunity to help support these two outstanding organizations,” said club member Chester Davis.
For more information on the Buffalo Soldiers Richmond Virginia Motorcycle Club and their events, visit Buffalo Soldiers Richmond MC .
Source: Aspen Times
By: Tony Vagneur
Saddle Sore: Buffalo Soldiers’ role in building West underappreciated
Ute sharpshooters had them pinned down, forcing them to seek cover behind hurriedly circled wagons, dead horses and mules. Smoke filled the air, both from the Utes trying to burn them out and the thick haze from the soldier’s backfires, set in an attempt to thwart the Ute plans.
Major Thomas Thornburg, of the Fourth Infantry, accompanied by white cavalry, had brought down the wrath of the Utes by breaking his own promise, that of not crossing the Milk River onto Ute land, and thus stirred memories of the Sand Creek Massacre in the minds of the nervous Utes. They didn’t want a repeat, and after sending their women and children into hiding, confronted the soldiers at a spot along the river.
As in all things, small blunders make for large consequences, and that is exactly what happened to Major Thornburg of the U.S. Army near present-day Meeker, at a site known as the Battle of Milk Creek in 1879. The silence was deafening as the two sides faced each other on that late September morning, each waiting for the other to make a move and then, Blam! An unidentified individual fired an unauthorized shot, and the battle was on.
Almost immediately, Thornburg was killed with a bullet to the head and the hapless soldiers could do little but try to defend themselves. Captain John Payne, now in command, managed to send messengers requesting help.
Early the next morning, through the haze of breaking day and the remains of smoldering fires, rode the Ninth Cavalry, undetected by the Utes. The Ninth, after traveling all night and commanded by Captain Francis Dodge, also brought additional ammunition, food and water but because there were only 30 Buffalo Soldiers of the Ninth in the area, there still wasn’t enough manpower to rout the Utes.
However, the addition of the Buffalo Soldiers allowed the beleaguered troops to hang on until Oct. 5, when a detachment from Wyoming convinced the Utes to surrender.
Who were the Buffalo Soldiers, you ask? After the close of the Civil War (where 186,000 blacks had served in the Union Army), the U.S. found itself stretched in many directions for military support. Conflicts with Native Americans were on the rise with the westward expansion of men no longer fighting a war, southern states required policing from the military to ensure the treaty was being adhered to, Native Americans on reservations needed protection from white men, and various other issues needed oversight.
To add to military strength, in 1866, Congress created two Cavalry and two Infantry Regiments, composed entirely of African-American men. The men of the ninth and 10th U.S. Cavalry and 24th and 25th Infantry proudly accepted the nickname “Buffalo Soldiers” given them by the Plains Indians. It is conjectured that the term “Buffalo Soldier” was bestowed on these men because they fought as hard as the Natives’ toughest opponent, the buffalo. Others, including Native Americans, thought they also were given that name because of their short, black, coarse hair. Likely, it was for both those reasons.
These men managed to get some of the toughest jobs available to the army in those days — they did their best to protect Native American lands from encroaching whites; they guarded stage coaches, railroad camps and forts; were responsible for investigating reported crimes against whites by Native Americans; and delivered mail. Through these activities, these gallant men faced prejudice (from whites and Natives alike), hostile environments and inadequate shelter. They were unafraid of combat and just in Colorado fought in many of the most memorable battles of the “Indian Wars.” In the years between 1866 and the decommission of these regiments in 1951, 23 of these soldiers earned the Medal of Honor.
Our history of the West has been so sanitized that today we are ignorant of the large part black Americans played in the Western movement. At least 20 percent of cowboys and drovers of the “old West” were black men; after the Civil War, many moved to the territorial areas of today’s U.S., where they could own property, raise cattle and horses, and live a life they and their families could only previously dream about.
John Wayne, middle-aged hero of the movie, “The Searchers,” made an impressive performance as a white man of the time, but more to historical accuracy, the core of the story was based on African-American Brit Johnson, a black man who, in 1865, rescued his wife and children from the Comanches.
Some have conjectured that the Buffalo Soldiers, non-whites fighting against other non-whites (Native Americans) have a stain on their record, but to judge the actions of others from the safety of a different century speaks more to arrogance than authenticity. According to historian William A. Dobak, “The U.S. Army was one of the most impartial institutions of its day, and it attracted men whose ability and endurance assured their regiments’ survival and a place, however small, for black Americans in the nation’s public life.”
In 2005, the nation’s oldest living Buffalo Soldier, Mark Matthews, died at age 111 in Washington, D.C.
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