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.

  • Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Police: Man pulls gun on woman at Myrtle Beach motel, demands money

    Police: Man pulls gun on woman at Myrtle Beach motel, demands money

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 11:11 AM EDT2018-06-19 15:11:10 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    A man reportedly pulled out a gun and demanded money from a woman early Sunday morning as she was returning to her North Ocean Boulevard motel.

    More >>

    A man reportedly pulled out a gun and demanded money from a woman early Sunday morning as she was returning to her North Ocean Boulevard motel.

    More >>
  • Police need your help locating missing man who may be in the Myrtle Beach area

    Police need your help locating missing man who may be in the Myrtle Beach area

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 10:25 AM EDT2018-06-19 14:25:35 GMT
    Gregory Constant, 27, was last seen around noon on June 14 when he walked away from his home in Mullins (Source: Mullins PD)Gregory Constant, 27, was last seen around noon on June 14 when he walked away from his home in Mullins (Source: Mullins PD)

    The Mullins Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing man. Gregory Constant, 27, was last seen around noon on June 14 when he walked away from his home in Mullins.

    More >>

    The Mullins Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing man. Gregory Constant, 27, was last seen around noon on June 14 when he walked away from his home in Mullins.

    More >>
  • Police investigating after person shot in Longs

    Police investigating after person shot in Longs

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 8:14 AM EDT2018-06-19 12:14:08 GMT
    Source: PixabaySource: Pixabay
    Source: PixabaySource: Pixabay

    Police are investigating after a person was shot Tuesday morning on Pine Needle Drive in the Longs area, according to Cpt. John Harrelson with the Horry County Police Department.

    More >>

    Police are investigating after a person was shot Tuesday morning on Pine Needle Drive in the Longs area, according to Cpt. John Harrelson with the Horry County Police Department.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly