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Online petition asks for ‘Black Bike Week’ to be moved to North Carolina

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — An online petition to move “Black Bike Week” to North Carolina is continuing to grow, but organizers say it will stay in South Carolina.

The event recently took place Memorial Day weekend in Myrtle Beach. But several attendants did not feel welcome there, according to an online Change.org petition.

The petition currently has more than 1,800 signatures. It reads:

We as The Black Biker Community spent the majority of Horry County’s 4.9 million in retail sales and 1.4 million in hotels and accommodations. Yet in still they create new laws and local ordnance’s to further harass and discriminate towards us. We are literally fighting with this community to give them our money with law suits to enforce federal civil rights laws. This proposal is to move Black Bike Week to the neighboring state of North Carolina. We can make a party anywhere we go and have a less stressful time at it. -Rest in Peace to those that lost their lives at year.

On Facebook, the event claims to be one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the world, with more than 500,000 visitors a year.

The petition did not specifically say where in North Carolina they want the event moved to.

Organizers of the event have said it will not be moved.