Tell the FBI: Hip-Hop Fans are Not Gang Members

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Target: National Gang Intelligence Center of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Goal: Remove Insane Clown Posse fans from the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment.

Fans of the hip-hop group Insane Clown Posse (ICP) call themselves Juggalos and have been named as a “hybrid gang” on the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment by the National Gang Intelligence Center of the FBI. The label has led to discrimination, profiling, and harsher sentencing for individuals who enjoy the often violent rhymes of the face-painting duo. Please sign this petition and urge the FBI to remove Juggalos from the gang classification and protect fans of ICP from unnecessary prosecution.

Just as “Deadhead” is used to reference fans of the Grateful Dead and “The KISS Army” describes fans of the metal band KISS, “Juggalo” refers to fans of the Insane Clown Posse. They consider themselves a family of scrubs or misfits who find refuge in the entertainment and fantasy provided by Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, also known as Joseph Bruce and Joseph Ulster. ICP’s passion for professional wrestling inspired their painted clown faces and exaggerated anger as an escape and therapy for the black sheep “family” of Juggalos.

Oddly enough, the FBI has characterized these music fans as a “loosely-organized hybrid gang” in the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment. The report states, “Most crimes committed by Juggalos are sporadic, disorganized, individualistic, and often involve simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft, and vandalism.” It goes on to say, “Juggalos’ disorganization and lack of structure within their groups, coupled with their transient nature, makes it difficult to classify them and identify their members and migration patterns… Most Juggalo criminal groups are not motivated to migrate based upon traditional needs of a gang.” Perhaps they are classified as disorganized and individualistic with non-traditional gang needs because these people are not gang members, but rather individuals who enjoy similar music.
Since the gang classification was made, many Juggalos have reported profiling and discrimination from law enforcement. Juggalos are worried, with good reason, that their subjective preference for underground music will make them a target for unnecessary suspicion. According to the Justice Department’s National Gang Center, being labeled a gang member can result in much harsher penalties for certain crimes.

Please sign this petition and urge the FBI to remove Juggalos from the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment. Protect ICP fans and other entertainment super fans from unnecessary incrimination by association.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear National Gang Intelligence Center of the FBI,

The 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment describes fans of the hip-hop group, Insane Clown Posse (ICP) as a “hybrid gang.” This classification has resulted in reported profiling, discrimination, and harsher punishment for Juggalos in society and in the courtroom. Please remove these super fans from the gang assessment and stop persecuting them for their subjective music taste.

Just like “Deadheads” and “The KISS Army”, Juggalos are self-professed uber fans of a particular band and genre of music. Juggalos consider each other a family of scrubs and misfits that find refuge in the music and entertainment value of a good show. The group’s duo is heavily influenced by their long time love of wrestling, which has inspired their trademark face painting and exaggerated anger on stage. For 20 years the Insane Clown Posse and their following of Juggalos have gone unnoticed in mainstream; however, the FBI’s assessment is providing unwanted and unwarranted attention.

The report describes the danger of Juggalos: “Most crimes committed by Juggalos are sporadic, disorganized, individualistic, and often involve simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft, and vandalism.” Words like sporadic, disorganized, individualistic, simple, personal, and petty do describe the actions or mentality of a gang members. Juggalos are also described in the report as “not motivated to migrate based upon traditional needs of a gang.” Their lack of traditional gang specifications needs to be reevaluated in an effort to efficiently utilize law enforcement and stop unfair profiling based on subjective music preference. Ironically, the assessment does not even mention Insane Clown Posse or the musical genre that brings these fans together.

Please remove Juggalos from the FBI’s 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment and stop unfairly targeting citizens based on their enjoyment of the band Insane Clown Posse.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. It makes me sick to the stomach that the fbi would single out one group just because of the music they listen to. I don’t see them doing this to g-unit or d12 fans which often reference the same things in their music as icp(drugs,womanizing,killing etc) but it’s ok for them.Whats more is the fact that they are always spouting the word “gangsta” out in their music too, and trust me iv’e known some pretty dodgey 50cent fans. I can only think of one word to describe this whole dilemma. Hypocrisy.

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