A biker’s comment suggesting hostility experienced from police during Bikefest could lead to violence has drawn joint criticism from the NAACP and Myrtle Beach officials.
The comments by Biker Jermi Little following an NAACP press conference on the civil rights group’s ongoing court battle with the city to eliminate the traffic loop were featured in a Sun News article.
The NAACP and city officials put aside their differences over the lawsuit, and issued a joint statement criticizing Little’s comments.
The comments about violence that were attributed to an attendee of the Atlantic Beach Bikefest and reported in the media are viewed as inappropriate and unwelcome by both organizations, the statement said.
“We do not endorse that person’s comments or way of thinking,” said Mickey James, president of the local NAACP chapter.
“The remarks by that one individual do not reflect the position of the NAACP and should not characterized as a statement or comment by the NAACP,” James said.
Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune added, “We have worked extremely hard to make this weekend safe for all participants, whether they live here or are visiting for the Atlantic Beach Bikefest or any other reason. Such talk of violence has no place in the conversation. We are pleased to join with the NAACP in dismissing that way of thinking.”
Historically, the NAACP is known for its peaceful approach to conflict resolution. Today’s remarks are not reflective of the organization’s or the city’s belief or position, especially in relation to the event known as the Atlantic Beach Bikefest, the statement said.