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It’s that time of year again where a lot of booty shorts, sunglasses, and leather are expected to be seen in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. That’s right, tomorrow marks the beginning of Black Bike Week, the largest Black bike festival in the world hosting over 350,000 motorcycle travelers over the Memorial Day weekend.
A lot of beach and food festivities are to be expected, but for the seventh year in a row, the NAACP is making sure that no discriminatory practices go down in the city.
Just two years ago the City of Myrtle Beach created ordinances to try and break up the motorcyclists’ activity. The city enforced curfew laws and restricted parking lot gatherings, idol gatherings, loud mufflers and special events.
Complaints have come in previously because patrons believed the ordinances have not been enforced during Harley week— which occurs one week before Black Bike Week and is predominately white. In past years, the NAACP and African-Americans have won federal lawsuits against local businesses and the city of Myrtle Beach claiming that the Black visitors were being discriminated against.
“Any form of racial discrimination against Black Bike Week visitors will not be tolerated,” Nelson B. Rivers, III, an NAACP Vice President and native South Carolinian, told a Seattle newspaper. “Closing businesses or refusing to provide equal services to Black Bike Week visitors, that are provided to visitors at other times of the year, not only makes no economic sense, it is against the law.”
Let’s hope the bikers have a good, clean time. Those not receiving fair treatment are encouraged to call the NAACP complaint hotline at (888) 362-8683.