South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) is calling for the end of the annual Black Biker Week following a deadly 2014 Memorial Day Weekend that left three people dead and seven more wounded.
However, she is facing some opposition from the Atlantic Beach mayor who, despite acknowledging the current security issues, knows its history is more deep-rooted than an isolated incident.
Reports 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.
Given their particular stances on the matter, it is worth noting that Haley is a White Republican where as Evans is a Black Democrat.