THE JUGGALOS ARE
It was in October when the Hatchet Herald began putting attention on the Trials and Tribulations of the Juggalos and Juggalettes worldwide through the Family Focus section. It was even earlier than that when Psychopathic Records launched juggalosfightback.com as a place for Ninjas worldwide to be able to share their personal stories about how the FBI listing Juggalos as a gang affected them, their family, and their lives.
Everytime we put out the call to Juggalos and Juggalettes for them to share their stories, we included two simple words that mean a lot to us. BE HEARD!! We wanted our Homies everywhere to raise their voices that so many are attempting to take away. It’s such a scary thought because even though one Juggalo being silenced here and one Juggalette being told to sit down there might not seem like much, it’s when you idly stand by and do nothing that the trend progresses and by the end no one is standing up to speak for themselves.
We wanted the Juggalos and Juggalettes to be heard. For them to say WE WILL NOT TAKE THIS WITHOUT A FIGHT! They are impeding on our rights as a whole for crimes a majority of us did not commit and as HUMAN BEINGS this is not acceptable. It begins with such simple things... Being told you can’t wear your Hatchetman necklace in school. You can’t rep an Insane Clown Posse shirt at the mall. You lose your job because of the music you listen to. You’re unable to serve your country because of a tattoo you’ve had for years. You are continually treated like a second class citizen because YOU found a place to belong within the Juggalo Family.
If we allow these injustices to happen little by little without batting a lash, it’s only a matter of time before the line in the sand is demolished and there is no stopping those who hold positions of authority from continuing to try to take away our voice and our right to be heard. THAT is why it is so important for us to point out the wrong doings and say this WILL NOT continue under our watch.
The Insane Clown Posse and Psychopathic Records took a major stand and demanded attention to their plight when they sued the FBI. There was no backing down, there was no letting it slip, and doing nothing was not even an option. The people that they care about, the people who have had their backs from the beginning through thick and thin, were being labeled as a gang and dealing with the consequences of that and they knew that it was time to rally.
The most amazing part in all of this is the response Juggalos, Juggalettes, and Psychopathic Records have been getting for their efforts. There are so many times when the masses as a whole will take any chance to jab at the Juggalo Family even when we are being sincere in what we’re saying (Miracles, anyone?). But this time around? Not only are the Juggalos being HEARD, but they are being agreed with!
Countless news sources nationwide have heard about the FBI’s ridiculous claims about the Juggalos and the opinion on the matter is that the FBI has abused their power by listing so many innocent people as gang members. There are bad apples in every large group whether it’s ICP’s Juggalos, Justin Bieber’s Beliebers, or Lady Gaga’s Monsters. As of the printing of this article the Beliebers and Monsters have not been declared gang members.
While news outlets have been following the story of ICP VS. FBI since even before August of 2012 and majority of them hold the tone of “are you kidding us?” it’s the most recent articles that have really pointed out the
absurdity of the FBI’s claims. The most valuable effort in our eyes is that of muckrock.com. Muckrock is the only public records request service of its kind who focuses on doing the dirty work of filing Freedom of Information Requests. Their sole purpose is to wade through the red tape, get to vital information, and make it public to hold the government accountable for their actions. These are our sorts of people!
Through their efforts it was pinpointed that “The Gang Threat Assessment report cited two assaults that occurred a year apart in two different states as examples of organized violent activity.” Two assaults, two different states. While horrible, these do not give off the air of anything very organized but instead two separate incidents that are simply linked by a similar interest in music.
We aren’t the only ones rolling our eyes as The Huffington Post gets in on the story by stating clearly that the investigations goals “arguably fall short of proving that the Juggalos are an organized gang.”
Even before reading an article posted on theatlanticwire.com you can clearly get a feel for their opinion when the title of the article reads “The FBI Might Be a Little Too Scared of the Juggalos.”
Same for wired.com that lays it all out there with the article title you can practically hear sighing “Two Drug Busts Made the FBI Think Insane Clown Posse Fans Were a Gang Threat.”
The list of news outlets covering the story of the Insane Clown Posse suing the FBI and the FBI’s lofty claims about their fanbase is absolutely mind blowing. Even though some go so far as to say they are not fans of the music put out by the Insane Clown Posse and the Psychopathic Records roster, they are able to point out a wrong doing when it has occurred.
Other outlets that have covered the incident are… The Salt Lake Tribune, Metrotimes, Denver Westword, Russia Today, Noisecreep, Spin, CBS News, FuseTV, AbaJournal, Michigan Radio, Death & Taxes Magazine, Slate, Lawyers.com, Canberra Times, TinyMixtapes.com, Chicagoist, Slatester, The Hollywood Gossip, Perez Hilton, Digital Spy, Pollstar, Myspace, Examiner, Rollingstone, SFExaminer.com, The Detroit Free Press, Star Pulse, NBC News, Gawker, Zimbio, AV Club, Artisan News Service, CourthouseNews.com, Reason.com, BoingBoing, ProWrestling.net, and countless others.
While this road of ICP VS. FBI will not be easy by any means, and the persecution of our Juggalo Family will not instantly stop anytime soon, there is one vital piece of information to take from all of this and to hold onto through these rough times of being a Juggalo and Juggalette. YOUR VOICE IS IMPORTANT. Sometimes, it’s all you have. And while one voice might not seem like much to many, it’s when that one voice joins with another… and another… and another… and so on. THAT is amazing changes occur.
Remember, Juggalos and Juggalettes… BE HEARD.