The Hells Angels and the Left - A non-existing relationship that ended with a beating

The Hells Angels and the Left - A non-existing relationship that ended with a beating
Not all minority groups are that easy to understand. In his book "Hells Angels" from 1966, Hunter S. Thompson writes about the motorcycle club from California. He writes about how the left-wing on the American west coast perceived the Hells Angels in the period 1964-65, in a jargon that included expressions like "alienation", "a generation of rebels", etc.
Thompson writes about how he in his spare time was bothered by left-wingers who would like to solidify with the Hells Angels and invite them home to their quiet middle class towns ideal on a Saturday night for some good wine and and a good talk.

But this utopian belief brutally ceased in the fall of 1965, when the Hells Angels attacked a demonstration against the Vietnam War and beat up the same left-wingers. For the latter group it came as a shock. The Hells Angels, who they mistakenly had perceived was on their side in California, as opponents of the police, the judicial system, the community, a rebel group, a minority - surely they had to be on their side? But the Hells Angels, who often consisted of war veterans of WWII and later the Korean and Vietnam war, were considering themselves as patriots and supporters of Uncle Sam.

Today, 50 years later, it seems utterly naive and ridiculous that the left-wing on the American west coast thought they could solidify with the Hells Angels at the time. In this, the belief that minority groups are passively uniform and can be incorporated into an overbearing hierarchy where left-wingers would feel at the top, does not always fit with reality. So what is the point? The point is that this is one of the few times the left-wing’s romanticization of the phenomena actually has resulted in consequences.

The left-wing speakers did not understand the Hells Angels and were beaten up by them, people they thought they were friends with. It is something to think about when people from the left praise Muslim fundamentalists as “freedom-fighters," team up with them and romanticize Islam in general.

It may not end as they had hoped - again.

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