By James “Hollywood” Macecari
George Floyd, the guy who was killed by police in Minnesota started a movement the minute he died. With his death came an awakening on how police treat citizens of this country. I contend this isn’t only a black problem, this is also a problem bikers and motorcycle club members have been facing on a daily basis.
I must be the first one to admit how disappointed I really am with most of the biker community. You have NCOM, NCOC, Abate and MRF. These organizations are out fighting for your rights as a biker and many so-called bikers don’t get involved in the cause. No, What happens is these people get the benefits of their work, something I cannot personally stand.
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I always say on the show, “if you don’t want to get involved, at least send in some money for a yearly membership.” This small act can go a long way in supporting organizations that fight everyday for your rights as a biker.
Where were the biker protests after Waco?
Nine people were killed at Twin Peaks- Waco in 2015. Some of those people were gunned down by police officers. The officers working that day knew exactly the situation, days before it even happened, but did nothing. Waco was a set-up plain and simple! Nine people were killed in a police ambush and over 177 arrested, many of whom had nothing to do with what went down. Add insult to injury they received a $1million dollar bond.
During the incident those cops didn’t get medical attention for those injured and they ended up dying because of their lack of action. I won’t even get into the joke of a court system they have down there. After all those arrests not one conviction was obtained by the prosecutor. This incident was a travesty and there were only local protests from bikers. Personally, there should’ve been thousands of bikes down there supporting fellow bikers.
Why didn’t anyone protest?
To be quite frank, bikers don’t stick together as most of us claim. The incident in Waco touches all of us, especially the profiling of motorcycle club members. Police departments all over the country show no shame in profiling clubs. In the video below you can see first hand the profiling of club members. In the video you will hear that the police were trailing the bikers and even one asked what the club was about.
Every biker or motorcycle enthusiast should be pissed about this video. Bikers all over the country should be on social media at the very least, voicing their opposition to this kind of treatment of a fellow biker. Does it ever happen? No, people are too busy sharing memes on their social media instead of spreading the word on this issue.
Being a biker is supposed to be about loyalty and respect. Where is the loyalty to a fellow biker when this happens? Where was the loyalty when it became crystal clear that cops killed at least four bikers in a turkey shoot in Waco? Sadly to say this lifestyle has become a “me thing!” People are more interested in looking the part instead of being the part.
George Floyd- Police brutality and profiling is now mainstream
Regardless of the circumstances that led up to the killing of George Floyd. I think we can all at least agree no one deserved to die like that. The knee to the neck that was featured in that video isn’t just a one time incident. The use of that tactic by police is used all over this country. Look on the internet and you will see video after video of cops utilizing it.
The Protests that have ensued worldwide should teach bikers about the need to get their voices heard. Think about how loud your voice would be sitting on a bike and those pipes letting loose. Now multiply that by about 5k! What a damn sight it would be to see that many bikers getting together to protest motorcycle profiling.
I believe it’s an important moment ,with all these protests going on, to make bikers’ voices heard. We should be using public outcry to advance our own problems with police profiling and abuses. There is no better time than now to get our cause mainstream. Will we? Probably not, people are too busy to get involved to make a difference.
Don’t have any illusions profiling can’t happen to you
One of the things that really gives me a giggle is these people who claim to be 100% behind police. These people profess that profiling doesn’t exist and that it’s bikers who bring it on themselves. You can actually watch some social media posts and videos where you have so-called bikers mouthing off this is some sort of bullshit clubs talk about.
The video above on our Facebook page received some of that bullshit. Comments coming from so-called bikers saying it wasn’t profiling and it was plain bullshit. It’s funny, it’s all fun and games until the profiling happens to you. One day your ass will be profiled because of a certain patch you’re wearing and it won’t even be a MC patch. The patch could be some dumb fucking saying that draws the ire of a cop, next thing you know they are all over your ass.
You’re damn right I miss the old days. In the old days bikers would show up in force to make a point when cops did some bullshit. Bikers would make sure that their voices were heard. It’s unfortunate in these times we are all split, something LEO themselves did a good job of doing. Admit it, those of you who don’t think profiling happens bought the bullshit hook line and sinker.
There is truly a split in the scene. You have the old school guys, RUBS, and people who are trying so hard to be something they are not. Grant it, this new age has brought an entirely different way of thinking. One thing I do know, it makes me sick hearing some of these people using L&R while sitting on their knees in front of a LEO.
If you truly want to be considered a true biker, get off your ass and get into the fight. Show some damn loyalty to the lifestyle you profess. Better yet, show some damn respect to those who fought the fight before you.
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There was a time when it wasn’t considered cool to be a biker. The days before every dickhead thought it would be cool to drop whatever money they needed to because they wanted that bad boy image. There were and are many old scooter tramps who dealt with cops harassing the shit out of them, beating on them and even framing them. Do you think you could’ve taken the abuse those men went through? Probably not, you would’ve sat there shitting yourself. So remember, you’re only cool now because you were able to spend money on a bike and live off the image they gave their blood, sweat and tears for.