For the past couple of days, I’ve received email messages and Facebook messages and had people question me during lunch about rumors about what’s going to happen this weekend during the annual Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bikefest in Myrtle Beach.
Most of them seem to hinge on some form of the word “retaliation.”
Retaliation for what is never quite explained, and neither is who is supposedly gearing up to do the retaliating and how.
The most creative (so far) has been that the Rev. Al Shaprton has rented an entire hotel in North Myrtle Beach and plans to fill it with protesters. Why Sharpton would waste his money that way, how he would be able to bankrolled an entire hotel during one of the busiest weekends of the year, and just what he would be protesting in Myrtle Beach? Who knows?
Here’s a good rule of thumb: Don’t believe any of these supposed rumors or theories or concocted stories until you have beyond a shadow of a doubt proof that they make sense - at all.
I have to check out these things and ask questions when they come across my desk as part of my job, my due diligence. And so far - surprise - nothing I’ve heard has panned out.
Please stop passing such things around. We all want to have a peaceful, “boring” weekend in the Myrtle Beach area.
Spreading rumors won’t help that cause.
Fast fact: Despite high-profile problems elsewhere, there has been no documented widespread police abuse or police brutality in the Myrtle Beach area, not even during the height of Bikefest.
Law enforcement isn’t perfect and there are area communities who have reason to question some things, as should the rest of us. But let’s not allow those imperfections and need for improvement lead to unnecessary fear and angst.
It’s going to be a beautiful Memorial Day weekend in Myrtle Beach and South Carolina. Believe that.