Jug­ga­los de­scend on D.C.

Group fights gang la­bel­ing

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - MILWAUKEE WISCONSIN - DEIRDRE SHESGREEN

WASH­ING­TON - Fol­low­ers of the hip-hop group In­sane Clown Posse — known as Jug­ga­los — held a march Saturday on the Na­tional Mall, al­leg­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion af­ter the FBI la­beled the group a gang in a 2011 re­port.

The band, con­sist­ing of the duo Vi­o­lent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, said the gang ac­cu­sa­tion “has re­sulted in hun­dreds if not thou­sands of peo­ple sub­jected to var­i­ous forms of dis­crim­i­na­tion, ha­rass­ment and pro­fil­ing sim­ply for iden­ti­fy­ing as a Jug­galo.” In a video on their web­site, the hip-hop artists claim their fans have lost jobs and cus­tody of their chil­dren and been de­nied ac­cess to the mil­i­tary for their Jug­galo af­fil­i­a­tion.

Ale­sia Modglin, a pizza de­liv­ery worker from south­west Mis­souri, said she felt com­pelled to drive to D.C. to protest the FBI’s clas­si­fi­ca­tion.

“It’s a fam­ily. … Ev­ery­body loves each other,” said Modglin, who came to the na­tion’s cap­i­tal with her hus­band, two tod­dlers and sev­eral other fam­ily mem­bers. She said some of the band’s songs are “de­monic, but there are hid­den mes­sages of a peace­ful place.”

Best of all, she said, there’s “no judg­ment.”

Fonz Tobin, a 25-yearold from Al­bu­querque, New Mex­ico, said the FBI’s clas­si­fi­ca­tion was ridicu­lous.

“We’re paint­ing our faces and clown­ing around,” said Tobin, who joined the Jug­ga­los when he was 13.

Ear­lier Saturday, hun­dreds of pro-Trump ac­tivists gath­ered on the Na­tional Mall in what they said was a show of Amer­i­can pa­tri­o­tism and cel­e­bra­tion.

“We’re here to sup­port our pres­i­dent and this coun­try,” said Sue Babinec, who trav­eled to Wash­ing­ton from Cincin­nati for what or­ga­niz­ers dubbed the “Mother of All Ral­lies.”

U.S. Park Po­lice braced for a crowd of as many as 3,000 peo­ple. As the event opened, there were per­haps only 1,000 peo­ple gath­ered just north of the Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment, where or­ga­niz­ers set up a stage and booths for the day’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

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