(The Independent) – The massive mobilisation against Donald Trump has united so many; from different backgrounds, different beliefs – even Juggalos are getting involved. Following the historic Women’s March, Insane Clown Posse have announced they’re launching their own march entitled the ‘Juggalo March on Washington‘, to protest the FBI’s classification of the group as a “loosely organised hybrid gang”. Stating the march is intended to “make a collective statement from the Juggalo Family to the world about what we are and what we are not”, the group state that the gang classification has led to “hundreds if not thousands of people subjected to various forms of discrimination, harassment, and profiling simply for identifying as a Juggalo”.
Reports state Juggalos have, as a result of being listed as “gang-affiliated”, “lost custody of their children, been fired from jobs, [and] denied access into the armed forces”. A recent court case against the FBI and Department of Justice for listing Juggalos as a gang group in their 2011 Gang Task Force report was dismissed, prompting the initiation of an organised march. “We must collectively show them that we truly are a family that is united by a shared love of music and fellowship,” the website states. “We help and support each other like no other so-called ‘fanbase’ ever has in the history of popular culture. We give each other food or water if someone is hungry or thirsty. We lend emotional support to each other in times of sorrow or struggle and we celebrate with each other in times of triumph.”
Power move by the Juggalos hijacking the Women’s March for their own cause. And honestly, I think I can get behind a Juggalo march more than the women’s one last week. The headlines for this are misleading. #JuggaloMarch on Washington makes it seem as if they’re marching to protest against Trump. Not the case, though. They’re marching against the FBI officially classifying them as a gang. So if you’re a Juggalo and you get arrested (let’s say something small like public intoxication), they can put you down as “gang-affiliated.” That’s actually pretty fucked up when you think about it. Juggalos aren’t necessarily bad people. They’re just like you and me. They’re teachers, firemen, farmers, doctors, lawyers, drug mules, police officers, accountants, insurance salesmen. They’re the everyman, and they shouldn’t be considered gang members because they like to listen to ICP and paint their faces. It’s like Fight Club. Being a Juggalo is just a way to blow off some steam and have a break from the every day grind.
I picture this being like the cover to Kendrick Lamar’s album, “To Pimp A Buttefly.”
All of Kendrick’s boys in front of the White House doing whatever the hell they want. Drinkin 40s, countin stacks, standing over a dead white guy. I think #JuggaloMarch will be something similar to that.
#JuggaloMarch2017 WE OUT HERE!