" This Says
It All "
I'M NOT A TERRORIST, I'M AN AMERICAN BIKER
By Carl L. Heckwine
"Sure," I ride a motorcycle, a big Harley in fact (but I would feel the same
on a Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha or any other make).
This alone should not single me out but it does. There are places in this
country that because I choose two wheels instead of four, I'm not allowed to
go to or visit. The fact I'm on a motorcycle makes some people think I
should be excluded. Just because my choice of transportation is different
A lot of places, if they will let me ride my bike, won't let me in because
of the way I am dressed. I can't wear a shirt or jacket with a Harley emblem
on it, because they think I'm there to cause trouble. And if I happen to
have a shirt or a patch showing I belong to a club or organization or if I'm
riding with friends who happen to be dressed similar they think I'm there to
rape, pillage, and plunder.
Some people think just because I like to wear my hair long and have a beard
that I'm nasty and ungroomed. That I wasn't taught good hygiene by parents.
Mainly because I choose to look different than them.
And now, because of what has happened in the world. If I speak my mind and
tell you my opinion. If it is different than yours or the opinion someone
told you, you call me a Terrorist.
BUT I'M NOT, I'M AN AMERICAN BIKER.
I'm the one who was flying the American Flag before everyone else thought
they had too. I'm the one who was getting together with my friends to give
blood and raise money for charities before everyone else thought they had too.
Just because I drive something different, dress and look different, and have
a different opinion than you. Don't call me a Terrorist.
Call me an AMERICAN, AN AMERICAN BIKER,
and remember I probably paid more for my choices of transportation and
clothing than you did. I most likely gave blood or to charities before you
did. I also probably paid more for my right to be different than you did.
So don't call me a Terrorist,
Call me an AMERICAN, AN AMERICAN BIKER!