Largest West Coast Gathering of Black Motorcycle Clubs Leaves 1 Dead, 12 Wounded

Largest West Coast Gathering of Black Motorcycle Clubs Leaves 1 Dead, 12 Wounded

AP, Washington Post and Fresno Bee call it a “multi-racial dance”

Colin Flaherty Oct. 8, 2013

Colin Flaherty is the author of White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the media ignore it.

The Fresno Bee called it a “dance” sponsored by a “multi-racial” motorcycle club.  So did the Washington Post.

But this was no dance: This was the “official after party” for the largest gathering of black motorcycle clubs on the West Coast. A weekend collection of violence and mayhem of 5000 or more black bikers that descend on Fresno twice a year for the “Half Way Run.” So named because it is the half way spot for bikers from the Los Angeles and Oakland areas to gather and party.

Or shoot each other.

Last weekend, by the time this “dance” was over, 13 people were shot, one fatally. More than 100 police were called to subdue the “running gun battle.”

In attendance were more than 500 members of dozens of black California motorcycle clubs, including the Soul Brothers, Unknown Riders, Kings of Cali, Bad Boyz, Black Pearls, Black Sabbath, Good Tymez, Most Wanted, Buffalo Soldiers, and others. All listed at a web site called

“The Fresno Bee and Associated Press may think this was a “multi-racial” gathering,” said Taleeb Starkes, author of the Uncivil War, a book that confronts the criminal subculture within the Black community. “But they are just about the only ones. This incident in Fresno was just the latest example of how the press ignore, condone and even deny black mob violence.”

Here is how one of the participants described a recent Half Way Run:

“Every year we head to the middle of Cali in fresno where all the bike clubs meet up and kill it…this is our version of Black Bike Week on the west. Thousands of bikes.”