NAACP: Traffic loop is '23 miles of shame' - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

NAACP: Traffic loop is '23 miles of shame'

The NAACP announced Thursday they would keep tabs on any reports of discrimination during Bikefest. (Source: WMBF News) The NAACP announced Thursday they would keep tabs on any reports of discrimination during Bikefest. (Source: WMBF News)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – As Bikefest arrives in the Grand Strand, the NAACP is again launching Operation Bike Week Justice.

Members of the organization, who spoke in Myrtle Beach on Thursday, said its goal is to monitor for any reports of discrimination and ensure all tourists in the Grand Strand this weekend are treated fairly and equally.

As for the 23-mile traffic loop that goes into effect Friday night and runs through the weekend, NAACP officials said it is a form of discrimination against African American tourists.

“(It’s) a loop that is 23 miles of shame, 23 miles of humiliation, 23 miles of discrimination,” said Anson Asaka, associate general counsel for the NAACP. “They tell us this plan is designed to facilitate the flow of traffic. That's what they tell us.”

Asaka pointed to the fact that there is no traffic loop during spring break, the Harley rally, the Carolina Country Music Fest or the Fourth of July. He said it’s reserved for “colored people only.”

“Instead of preventing crime, what this traffic plan does is collectively punishes thousands of innocent people because of the actions of a few. You have people come to Myrtle Beach simply to enjoy themselves, people who are law-abiding citizens, but yet they are subjected to this kind of collective punishment.”

Related story: 

Copyright 2017 WMBF News. All right reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Police say teen who searched for missing pal was his killer

    Police say teen who searched for missing pal was his killer

    Thursday, April 19 2018 4:56 PM EDT2018-04-19 20:56:14 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 3:01 AM EDT2018-04-20 07:01:15 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo). Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. John Corina, left, speaks next to Deputy Joana Warren outside of the sheriff's homicide bureau office in Monterey Park, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. Los Angeles County sheriff's investigato...(AP Photo/Mike Balsamo). Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. John Corina, left, speaks next to Deputy Joana Warren outside of the sheriff's homicide bureau office in Monterey Park, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. Los Angeles County sheriff's investigato...
    Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators say a 16-year-old who was part of a search party looking for a missing high school sports star led the group to discover the boy's body but investigators suspect he was...More >>
    Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators say a 16-year-old who was part of a search party looking for a missing high school sports star led the group to discover the boy's body but investigators suspect he was the person who fatally stabbed him.More >>
Powered by Frankly