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Black Leather Doesn’t Mean Bad Guy

TIME

As an avid motorcycle enthusiast, I’d like to clear up some misconceptions about bikers following the biker “gang” shooting in Texas. While there are certain groups that operate as criminal organizations, it’s wrong to form a negative view of the entire sub culture.

First, I would like to clarify that the word “gang” is not applicable in the biker culture, but rather groups are called “motorcycle clubs,” hence the MC patch worn by members on their jacket or vest. The reason is a historical one: Motorcycle clubs were started shortly after World War II by returning vets who purchased surplus motorcycles from the military at a discounted price. These guys had similar experiences: They had been in the war, purchased motorcycles, and found it hard to adjust to civilian life, many of them suffering from post-traumatic-stress disorder. They formed motorcycle clubs as places where they could gather and feel comfortable.

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