Gangland Shuffle… Why It’s Rude to Call Bikers “Gangs”

In a world where we are drowned in political correctness, its downright disgusting the way bikers are being called “gangs” in the media. I do not understand why they continue to stamp us with this slur. There is a vast difference in a gang and a club, and it isn’t hard to distinguish between the two.


a gang is defined as: a group of persons associated for some criminal or other antisocial purpose.

The main difference of a gang and a club is the leadership and behavioral patterns. A gang has one leader, with packs that follow him. they are not elected but rather chosen by who has sold the most drugs or been around the longest or whatever other primal instinctive measure that distinguishes him as the alpha of his pack. Street gangs are usually very disorganized with constant warring to one up each other in the hierarchy.

From Wikipedia, for instance:

There is no known national leader of the Bloods but individual Bloods sets have a hierarchical leadership structure with identifiable levels of membership. These levels of membership indicate status within a gang. A leader, typically an older member with a more extensive criminal background, runs each set. A set leader is not elected but rather asserts himself by developing and managing the gang’s criminal enterprises through his reputation for violence and ruthlessness and through his personal charisma. The majority of set members are called “soldiers,” who are typically between the ages of 16 and 22. Soldiers have a strong sense of commitment to their set and are extremely dangerous because of their willingness to use violence both to obtain the respect of gang members and to respond to any person who “disrespects” the set. “Associates” are not full members, but they identify with the gang and take part in various criminal activities. To the extent that women belong to the gang, they are usually associate members and tend to be used by their male counterparts to carry weapons, hold drugs, or prostitute themselves to make money for their set.

Recruitment is often influenced by a recruitee’s environment. Bloods recruit heavily among school-age youth in predominantly poor African American communities. Gang membership offers youth a sense of belonging and protection. It also offers immediate gratification to economically disadvantaged youth who desire the trappings of gang life: gold jewelry, cash, expensive sports clothing.[3]

Blood sets have a loose structure of ranks based on how long a person has been involved with a particular setd]

The ranks do not signify leadership or dominance over the set, they merely signify respect for those who have been in the set longer and have survived the longest. Those with a higher rank do not have a position of authority over Bloods of a lower rank. Bloods with higher rank are often referred to as “Big Homies” by Bloods with lower rank. They also refer to each other as “relatives”Once a person has joined a Blood set, it is for life, one can not leave the set or flip to another set.


a club is defined as: a group of persons organized for a social, literary, athletic, political, or other purpose.

Biker clubs are very strictly organized groups of people. They don’t fight for leadership like the animalistic gangs… They vote in a President, Vice President, Secretary, Sgt at Arms, Treasurer. They use Robert’s Rules of Order in their meetings. there entire foundation is completely different than the pack mentality of gangs. They are more like knights or soldiers.. they have rules and guidelines and punishment for breaking those rules. They are also not forced to be a member for life.. Bikers often change patches to another club which may fit their lifestyle better. Its both more structured, and more forgiving.


It’s wrong that media types will complain if you say thug or black or colored people or gang or hoodlum… but have absolutely no problem announcing “THERE’S A BIG BIKER GANG COLLECTING TOYS AT WALMART!” Even in articles, such as this one, which aren’t directly insulting to bikers, why can’t the journalist understand that this headline is the equivalent of me writing a headline that says “A Bunch of Niggers are Going to be in a Parade.”

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