Racist (and discriminatory, since the disease originated in Africa... which you aren't supposed to notice or else you are racist!!).
|Cancel the event because of black violence? No way... raise taxes on white property owners in Myrtle Beach instead to pay for extra security/police. That's how we do things in Black-Run America (BRA)|
Daring to put an end to event that caters exclusively to a black clientele isn't tolerated in America (consult the annual Indiana Black Expo in Indianapolis), for such an action would completely isolate the city that dared deny blacks true freedom in the "Birmingham 1963" category.
Which is why this story is seemingly so strange, unless you understand the back story (which we'll get to). [Myrtle Beach raising taxes for Bikefest security, WISTV.com, 10-5-14]:
An annual Memorial Day motorcycle festival is pushing Myrtle Beach officials to raise property taxes by the biggest margin in nearly 20 years.
The Sun News reports City residents will pay an extra $40 more on a $200,000 home to hire more police officers and apply other security measures to get control of holiday crowds attending Bikefest. The motorcycle rally is based 13 miles north in Atlantic Beach but the crowds add to the Memorial Day tourists that spread across South Carolina's Grand Strand.
A rash of violence during this year's event left three dead.
The property tax increase is the largest for Myrtle Beach residents since 1995.
Property values in the city dropped about 5 percent on average after a reassessment this year.Bikefest?
Oh... "Black Bike Week." From Wikipedia, a colorful history of Black Bike Week in Myrtle Beach emerges:
In 2003 a group of black motorcyclists, and the South Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, sued the city of Myrtle Beach and some businesses there alleging discrimination. The city was accused of abusing traffic law enforcement and of excessive force by the police to harass black bikers. Many businesses closed their doors or cut back their hours during Black Bike Week, and 28 of them, including Red Lobster and Denny's were named in the suit. A Baltimore, Maryland police detective who is also a motorcyclist told The New York Times, "I've seen it myself. When the white bikers come to Myrtle Beach, the town rolls out the red carpet. When the black riders come, they roll it right up." City officials said that the much younger crowd, and nearly double attendance, of Black Bike Week justified the difference in the city's response to the two events.
In a May 25, 2003 article in the New York Times, Jeffrey Gettleman reported that a pattern had emerged of black social and party events growing ever larger in stature and then collapsing and quickly being shut down, particularly in the Southern United States. Examples given included Freaknik in Atlanta, Georgia, spring break in Biloxi, Mississippi, and various festivals in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Virginia Beach, Virginia. Myrtle Beach Mayor Mark McBride said in 2003 that the Black Bike Week crowds are "bigger and rowdier," although that year the white Harley rally had eight motorcycle traffic deaths, while the black Memorial Day rally had three motorcycle traffic deaths.
In 2008, the NAACP issued a press release claiming success in concluding every federal discrimination lawsuit they had filed in Myrtle Beach for complaints during bike week events from 1999–2003, against the City of Myrtle Beach, and restaurants that included Damon's Oceanfront and Barefoot Landing, J. Edward's Great Ribs, and Greg Norman's Australian Grill, as well as the Yachtsman Resort Hotel. In a settlement with the city, the police department agreed to use the same traffic pattern on the city's main boulevard for Black Bike Week as they did for Harley Bike Week.
From 2005 through 2008 the NAACP carried out "Operation Bike Week Justice" in which a complaint hotline was operated, and teams monitored police treatment of African Americans, and the reaction of local businesses, as well as monitoring traffic patterns. Friendly's Ice Cream Corporation and Myrtle Beach Friends Boulevard LLC was sued in 2008 by the NAACP for allegedly closing their indoor area and offering inferior outdoor service during Black Bike Weeks from 2000–2005.
According to an NAACP lawsuit, The Yachtsman Resort Hotel had required Black Bike Week guests to sign a thirty-four rule guest contract, prepay for their hotel bill and show photo ID. The hotel agreed to settle the case, and in addition to a payment of $1.2 million, the hotel agreed to provide future discounts and make policy changes including yearly anti-discrimination training for employees. The settlement did not require to hotel to admit to discrimination.
In 2010, the NAACP released a press release indicating that it would continue to monitor police and local businesses for possible discrimination.And who can forget the events of the 2014 edition of Black Bike Week in Myrtle Beach? [Haley calls for end of black biker weekend, WCNC.com, 6-8-14]:
After a bloody Memorial Day weekend left three dead and seven wounded, Gov. Nikki Haley wants to end the annual Atlantic Beach Bikefest which has drawn black bikers for decades to the tiny beachside community near Myrtle Beach.
But Mayor Jake Evans has no plans to end the event in a community that, during the days of segregation, was one of the only places on the South Carolina coast where blacks were welcome.
The Bikefest attracts thousands to Atlantic Beach - a town of less than a square mile, three oceanfront blocks and about 350 residents - as well as to surrounding areas along the strip of coast known as the Grand Strand. Evans says there haven't been problems in his town but he is willing to discuss the need for more law enforcement in other areas during the weekend.
Police say the Memorial Day weekend slaying of three people in Myrtle Beach motel 14 miles away seems to be gang-related. A look at the controversy:
As the governor sees it
- Eight shootings happened during this weekend. Three people died. That is not OK for South Carolina, Haley told reporters. This Bikefest does not represent the people of this state. It does not represent what we are trying to do when we promote tourism and jobs. Haley plans to talk to Evans about ending Bikefest.