Today's Date: October 18, 2021
Indian Motorcycle, Jack Daniel’s® & Klock Werks® Kustom Cycles Celebrate American Craftsmanship With Limited-E   •   First Ever Hess Cargo Plane And Jet Now On Sale   •   NPMA Launches “Out of Sight” During Rodent Awareness Week   •   For First Time, Humana Offering Medicare Advantage Plans in Connecticut   •   It’s Time to Be Merry at Macy’s This Holiday Season   •   Ob Hospitalist Group Achieves Major Milestones Supporting Women and Newborns’ Health During 15th Anniversary   •   Female Leadership, The Hospitality Industry And Customer Service: How Preferred Employers Insurance Celebrates National Business   •   Club Wyndham Brings Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas to Life in Three Immersive Holiday Suites   •   Brightline Continues Rapid Expansion With New Autism Spectrum Disorder Services, Programs for LGBTQ and BIPOC Youth   •   Online Tool Helps Medicare-Medicaid Beneficiaries Evaluate their Health Care Options   •   Rent-A-Center Reopens Store in Houston, Texas   •   Belk Launches New Wonderly Brand   •   Scripps literacy campaign will distribute 200,000 books to kids across the country   •   Unleashed Brands Debuts New Snapology Model Inside Urban Air Adventure Parks Nationwide   •   Redbox to Add Over 20 Free Ad Supported Television (FAST) Channels to Its Streaming Service Including Live Local News, Spanish L   •   Entravision Announces Launch of New Morning Radio Program ‘El Show del Raton’   •   Adameve.com Asks "Have You Ever Fallen In Love At First Sight?"   •   Experts share practical strategies to help Canadians age at home   •   Bierman ABA Autism Center Launches First Arizona Center   •   KelseyCare Advantage Once Again Earns Highest-Quality Plan Recognition of 5 Stars by Medicare for 2022
Bookmark and Share

NAACP To Watch For Discrimination During "Black Bike Week"

Myrtle Beach – For the seventh consecutive year, the NAACP will conduct Operation Bike Week Justice to monitor discriminatory practices in Myrtle Beach during Black Bike Week, the annual Memorial Day weekend gathering of African American motorcycle enthusiasts.

Throughout the weekend, NAACP teams will be observing police activity and treatment of black tourists, monitoring the practices of local businesses, watching traffic patterns and fielding calls via an incident hotline.

“Any form of racial discrimination against Black Bike Week visitors will not be tolerated,” said NAACP Vice President of Stakeholder Relations Nelson B. Rivers, III, and a native South Carolinian. “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.”

In 2009, the City enacted ordinances designed to eliminate the Harley Week and Black Bike Week. The ordinances prohibit parking lot gatherings, landscape gatherings, loud mufflers and many special events.

Additionally, the City has implemented curfew laws. The Association will be monitoring law enforcement to ensure the new ordinances are equally and fairly applied during Harley Week and Black Bike Week.

“The NAACP supports reasonable regulations,” said Myrtle Beach Branch NAACP President Mickey James. “However, the Association will oppose any discriminatory enforcement of city ordinances.”

In recent years, the NAACP and African Americans have filed and successfully settled federal discrimination lawsuits against the city of Myrtle Beach and area businesses for unequal treatment of Black Bike Week visitors compared to those who attend Harley Week, traditionally held one week earlier and a predominately white event.

“All Myrtle Beach tourists must be treated equally,” said NAACP General Counsel Kim M. Keenan. “When necessary, the NAACP will continue to utilize litigation to end such discriminatory practices.”

Although the NAACP’s settlement agreement expired last year, the Association expects the Myrtle Beach Police Department to train all officers deployed during Black Bike Week on policing crowds and cultural sensitivity.

“The NAACP is committed to fair and equal treatment of all people,” said NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “We support everyone’s right to recreational opportunities and discrimination should not be tolerated for anyone.”

Again this year, a complaint hotline will be activated for individuals to report closed restaurants, police misconduct or other unfair treatment. Black Bike Week attendees can report incidents by calling (888) 362-8683 or by visiting Sandy Grove Baptist Church at 1008 Carver Street, Myrtle Beach, SC to file a complaint in person. 


STORY TAGS: Black Bike Week , Black News, African American News, Minority News, Civil Rights News, Discrimination, Racism, Racial Equality, Bias, Equality, Afro American News, NAACP

Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News