Juggalos descend on D.C.
Group fights gang labeling
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.