Mainstream media ignores massive appearance of bikers in the nation’s capital on 9/11.
In the nation’s capital on Wednesday, renewed hope was given to millions of Americans as more than 1.2 million bikers descended upon the city in a show of solidarity and respect for those souls lost during the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in 2001 and the one-year mark of the murders of American personnel in Benghazi, Libya.
Initially, the 2 Million Bikers to DC ride was started in response to the One Million Muslims March that was scheduled to take place on September 11; that event ended up changing their name to Million American March Against Fear when the public backlash became so strong.
According to reports from the DC Metro Police, approximately 21 people showed up for the March Against Fear event. On the other side of the coin, initial reports were that 880,000 bikers had shown up in D.C. but that number was revised late Wednesday evening to 1.2 million bikers.
“The lack of coverage by the mainstream media was unbelievable,” said Sandi Battefeld Morrison. “And a lot of the coverage via the net was incorrect but at least they tried. Thank goodness for Facebook and other social media. Although, a lot of us didn’t ride today we were with the bikers every inch of the way. They gave a renewed hope to America.
It’s also worth noting that the March Against Fear was awarded a permit for their march; however, the bikers were denied a “no stop” permit for their ride.
Riders told the Washington Times they believed the denial was for political reasons.
“We’re here for 9-11,” national ride coordinator Belinda Bee told the paper. “We are going to have a peaceful ride… but there are people who are sick and tired of their rights and liberties being taken away.”
The bikers decided to break up into groups ranging from 50 to 500 and ride throughout the city past landmarks all day long.
“I’m going to bed tonight with more hope in my heart than I have in a long time” said Sharon Foley. “These guys restored my faith in America that there are a lot more of us out there than I thought. I hope they know how much what they did today meant to all of us. God Bless them!”
Workers and residents within D.C. stated to news outlets that the sound of motorcycles could not possibly be ignored the entire day.
Riders, supporters, and organizers are already discussing options to make this ride an annual event.