First, I wanted to thank all of you who responded to the story. I obviously touched a nerve with some of you. I should have titled the story “Motorcycle Clubs” and not “Biker Gangs.” That was a mistake and I should have not perpetuated the notion of “gangs.” As a biker, and a writer, I should do a better job at promoting the overwhelming positive impact that MC’s have in their community and not buy into the generalization of all bikers as “gangs.” Lesson learned.
I have received an overwhelming “education” from many of you as a result of my first article. I realize that there are several MC’s in my community who do great things here. What I’ve learned is that the 1%’s are who I’m referring to and oddly enough, I didn’t know anything about the term “1%’s” until now. Remember, I’m just getting started on this journey and I’ve got a lot to learn and this blog has been a great tool for me to do that. Lesson learned.
I have NEVER watched an episode of Sons of Anarchy.
I didn’t mean to imply that all MC’s are engaged in illegal activity. Again, the article was a search for information and knowledge that I did not have. I’ve been riding for two years and have met some incredible people along the way. Unfortunately, I was introduced to this culture late in life, so I’m not as experienced as many of you. The recent publicity surrounding the arrests made here was a starting point to have this discussion. Selfishly, I was looking to learn and understand more about the biker protocol so as to not look like a total dumbass and disrespect anyone. If you know me, you know I would NEVER do that.
I do have a certain amount of credit that I can take for helping Bikers Who Care with their annual Leslie Watson Toy Run. In the very beginning of this amazing event. Booger Watson and Bill Langford would come on my morning talk show to promote it. It was always one of my favorite times of the year to have them come on and talk about the great things that result from that event. I’m proud of the fact that BWC have been recognized nationally for their work. They’re an awesome organization and we’re all very proud of them.
I HAVE ridden in the annual Toy Run, Veterans Runs and others and have seen many patches, vests etc. I’ve just never known what they mean, (until now) and have learned a lot in the last two years. If I stopped every biker I met and had him explain his patches and such, I would never have time to ride.
But I’m learning, so bear with me.
When I started on this journey, it was for me and me only. This motorcycle pulled me out of depression and pointed me in a direction that changed my life. I never had any interest in joining a MC or any other group. I wanted to travel and write stories about it. I do participate in the local H.O.G chapter, but that’s it. If you want to read my story, it’s here.
So for any of you who were offended by my story, or took issue with something I said, that was not my intention, and I appreciate you calling me out. I am NOT an expert on any of this. I’m just beginning my experience and telling stories along the way. I’m human and I make mistakes, but I appreciate all of you who have taken the time to “set me straight” and help me become better. Lesson learned.
Ride safe my brothers, and thanks for making me a better biker.