MACC and Friends,
MACC supports Black Lives Matter. We are a cycling club with a mission that contains the words “Black community.”
Like most Major Taylor clubs, our goal is to help the community through our tool: the bike. If we can get the community cycling, better health and healthier lifestyles will follow. However, our mission has encountered a problem. It’s hard to ride a bike when there’re seven 7 bullets in your back. It’s hard to ride a bike when there’s a knee on your neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. It’s hard to ride a bike when cops accidentally bust into your house at midnight and murder you. It’s hard to ride a bike when you’re in jail because you can’t afford bail. As an organization formed to help the black community, we can no longer stand by silently and accept a broken system.
MACC has been fortunate enough to have impacted the community through youth education. With the money we have raised through our One Love Century we have donated to after-school programs, and educational bike trips that focus on black history. We have a school visitation program where we teach students about the life of Major Taylor which in itself is a lesson on overcoming racism and racist attack. Now we are meeting to see what else we can do to align ourselves with Black Lives Matter.
We don’t know what our outcome will be, but I’m glad as a club we are bringing to the forefront issues like police brutality, and a racist justice system that has such a devastating effect on our community. I look forward to the future as we join others expressing outrage and demand for change about issues of injustice toward black people. I’m sure support will grow and we look forward to working with everyone to create a world with more justice and equality for everyone.
President Metro Atlanta Cycling Club
As an organization formed to help the black community, we can no longer stand silently and accept a broken system.Greg Masterson, President, MACC