Fair Or Too Far? South Carolina Governor Officially Calls For The End Of Black Bike Week

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South Carolina Governor Calls For End Of Black Bike Week

The Governor of South Carolina isn’t looking to take chances on anymore Black Bike Week-inspired mayhem after several lives were lost to senseless violence during this years’ celebration, so he’s vowing to end the tradition altogether.

via Fox News

After a bloody Memorial Day weekend left three dead and seven wounded along the Grand Strand, Gov. Nikki Haley wants to end the annual Atlantic Beach Bikefest which has drawn black bikers for decades to this community near Myrtle Beach.

But Mayor Jake Evans says he 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. But he’s willing to discuss increasing law enforcement with neighboring communities.

Brad Dean of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce says Atlantic Beach has the right to put on whatever festival it wants. But he says neighboring communities can’t stand idly by when an event has such a negative impact.

While Black Bike Week originally started decades ago with a positive purpose in mind, there’s no denying that it seems to have taken a turn for the worst over the years. Maybe a few years without will give the organizers a chance to regroup and get it back to what it once was.

Do you think the governor is doing the right thing by planning to cancel it altogether?

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