By Angela L. Tidwell
What is a motorcycle club? Is a motorcycle club a gang? Or is a motorcycle club a group of friends who enjoy socializing and riding together? Given that not all motorcycle clubs are the same, legislation intended to target one type of club may have broad-sweeping consequences for all.
The link below is for an article in which federal trademarks are being revoked for motorcycle clubs in an effort to curb violence and crime. While this may appear reasonable at first glance, the future implications for non-criminal motorcycle clubs are highly probable. In addition, when such clubs are located in communities of color, it may exacerbate the rate of stops and searches in those areas.