Nednecks: I'll Bet You Didn't Even Know that They Existed

We’ve been seeing this for decades.

Everyone calls them “wiggers”.
You know the pathetic, white, gang banger wannabes?  I have always thought that black dudes that were actual gangstas, probably laugh at these guys, and if they ever wanted to pull some black on white violence, they would go after guys like this, if they had the choice, and I don’t think that anybody, black or white, would have a problem with that.

It’s not just the wiggers either, whites have always tried to emulate black culture, from the days of Elvis, right on up through today.  Not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with that, but it always seemed like such a one-way street.  There are some exceptions, but you just don’t see too many black dudes, deer hunting, ice fishing, or snowmobiling, or listening to country music.

That’s why I think that the following story is kind of cool.  Sure it’s illegal and dangerous, but there’s something refreshing about some urban black dudes taking a part of white, rural, culture and adopting it.  What would you call these dudes?  Nednecks?  Next thing you know, they will be driving jacked up 4x4’s, mud boggin’ in city parks, with a bunch of Copenhagen stuck in their grills.  That would be kind of cool too.

The Illegal Dirt Bike Gangs of Baltimore
Photo by Lotfy Nathan
There is something undeniably American about biker gangs, from the quintessential images ingrained in our mind of the 60s-era Hell's Angels made legendary by the writing of Hunter S. Thompson and The Rolling Stone's film Gimme Shelter to DMX's video for the "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" where he had all those dudes in baggie jeans riding through the ghettos of New York on ATVs and suicycles.
It's time to add one more motorist collective to that pantheon of rebels on wheels: Baltimore's Twelve O'Clock Boyz. They're a hundred-strong gang who wheely dirt bikes through a city where police are banned from chasing them, creating an illegal underground sport that the cops are powerless to do anything about.
For the last three years, filmmaker Lotfy Nathan has been documenting the Twelve O'Clock Boyz for a new film called Twelve O'Clock in Baltimore (trailer below), which is now ready for release at the end of this year. I spoke to him about the gang.

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