2 million bikers are riding to D.C. today, Sept. 11, despite being denied a permit to ride through without stopping at red lights. According to Web Pro News, the group of motorcyclists (many of whom have done a ride to New York for the past 11 years) feel as though they are being discriminated against. Thus they have decided to ride anyway.
This year, the bikers have an organized group that was made on Facebook in response to another group who is planning to come together on this melancholic day: The Million Muslim March. The name has since been changed to "Million American March Against Fear." The name change, however, doesn't alter the purpose or how people feel about it.
The 2 million bikers to D.C. rally is in direct response to the protesters who say they are standing up against "anti-Islamic bigotry in the years that ensued the al-Qaida terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people on American soil." Given the timing of this protest, the bikers felt as though they had to do something.
While the group has not been organized against a protest in the past, several participating motorcyclists have completed 9/11 bike runs in the past, many flying American flags and wearing patriotic clothing on their journey to Ground Zero. This year, however, the ride to D.C. seems to have more meaning.
Is the 2 million bikers to D.C. rally something you support?
© Effie Orfanides 2013