Bastards Motorcycle Club

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The “Bastards” Motorcycle Club


Bastards Motorcycle Club

Confronting the KKK

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According to Vocativ, "The Bastards of South Carolina are trying to change a biker culture defined by racism and dominated by white supremacists."[1]

"'We don’t tolerate racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, [the] police state…the prison industrial complex—we don’t tolerate hate,' Steven Chavez Parker said in an interview at a coffee shop just two blocks from the Klan rally, after he and the Bastards screamed at Klan members and Nazis while police did their best to keep the groups separated. 'We would like to see change, not necessarily through violence, but through direct action.'"

Mother Jones Profile

Bastards Motorcycle Club was featured along with other "Left-Wing Militants" BAMN, Redneck Revolt, and the Huey P. Newton Gun Club in an article at Mother Jones.

"A couple of years ago, South Carolinians Steven Chavez Parker and Joseph Guinn organized an anti-racist, LGBT-friendly motorcycle gang. Traditional biker clubs, Parker thought, 'We're all going to think one thing: What a bunch of bastards.' Since then, the Bastards Motorcycle Club has rolled up to oppose racist events across the South, sometimes armed and ready to rumble. In July 2015, the Bastards confronted a Ku Klux Klan demonstration in Charleston, South Carolina, and in April 2016 they joined a small army of counterprotesters at a rally of white supremacists in Stone Mountain, Georgia, home of a rock carving honoring the Confederacy. They’re now looking to set up new chapters—women need not apply. That’s 'not the way things work,' says the group’s president, who insists on being called by his biker name, Gigolo."[2]

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