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Wednesday, 27 August 2008

The Sons of Silence, one of the country’s biggest outlaw biker gangs.


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The Sons of Silence, one of the country’s biggest outlaw biker gangs. With its headquarters in Colorado, the Sons of Silence (SOS) are known as “one-percenters” — the term given to those that operate on the fringes of an otherwise law-abiding motorcycle community. One-percenters are dedicated to principles of personal freedom and the right to self-expression. Membership is by invitation only and their motto is Donecmors non separat — Latin that is intended to translate as “Until death separates us”. At first sight, an alliance of white supremacists and biker gang members seems an odd one. Edward Winterhalder, former leader of a rival biker gang known as the Bandidos and now an author on gang culture, said: “Most of them are just regular guys who work during the week and have a little too much fun at the weekends. The majority of them are law-abiding, have families. They’re just regular neighbourhood guys. “They love their Harley-Davidson motorcycles and love their brotherhood and the camaraderie of riding their bikes. They are very pro-government, they stand behind the flag. This is something they would never be involved in. Working with white supremacists would be an extremely unusual partnership.”
But Steve Cook, president of the Mid-West Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigations Association, said that the gangs were known to have a sub-culture — and a bad element — that could sit comfortably with racist extremism.
“I have personally seen SOS members wearing hats that say ‘Dirty White Boy’, T-shirts with swastikas and other Nazi regalia. “I don’t believe that even a group like the SOS would knowingly, as an organisation, get themselves involved in something like this because nothing good can come of it for them. “But would it be out of the realms for some of their associates or a member to do something like this on his own? No. Anything is in play.”


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20 comments:

Pat said...

This is nothing more than media hype. The fact is, SOS as well as every other 1%er MCs have non White members in their clubs (Hispanic specifically). This flies in the face of every White Power organization. The media marriage sells so they run with it. Ask any 1%er what comes first their club or their race and every single one will answer their club. Ask a White Supremacist what comes first and they will answer their race. The two groups are diametrically at their very core values.

Mike said...

Um..."Dirty White Boy" is a song...one need not be a racist to wear Foreigner swag...

Poet1951 said...

For several years I was a patch holder in the Sons way back in the very early 70's and I wore a Swastika armband, along with several Nazi medals. I did so simply for Shock Effect. I wasn't a Nazi, nor did I share most of their ideas or beliefs. Matter of fact we partied with many black clubs in and around Indy, such as the Headhunters, Roadrunners and Black Stone Rangers.
And we even had a spook in the club for a time.
So for the most part, except for drug or gun deals, the two don't have much in common. Never did, never will.

**onewithopinions** said...

i am a family member of a son who has been a member for many years. i love the idea how the television shows a few years of the club and gives very little detail on current events. fact being is that just as much as any other club there just a group of guys who like to ride and hang out. they didnt mention that the sons do much for the communities and the familys of members. they are not all "out laws". i know of many members who have not had a situation with the law at all. my point being is that scince this show had been aired and friends and family who know who my relative is automatically think they are an expert because "gangland" told them how to feel about the club....open your eyes learn the facts..there people too who are family orientated and love to ride....much love to the memebers and supporters out there!

AliveUndead said...

Regular guys that love their bikes? BS!! A lot of them ARE in fact racist. Not only did they wear it, they breathed it. I remember this group to be a bunch of low lives and degenerates. Nothing about these guys was legit. A redneck version of the Italian mob with a touch of the KKK. They weren't any different than the Hells Angels or the renegade Angels known as the Outlaws. The only difference was the fact that Angels and Outlaws took other races in. You say colors was in SOS? Maybe to do the dirty work. You guys that just sugar coated your blog, don't try to fool these people. There is no glory in what you do.

SOS NOMAD JOHN 1%ER said...

THE SONS OF SILENCE ARE NOT A WHITE POWER ORANASATION NOR ARE THEY A CRINIMAL GANG.IT IS TRUE THAT IN THE PAST THERE WERE MEMBERS WHO DID IN FACT INGAGE IN DRUG AND GUN RUNNING.THEY DID THIS ON THEIR OWN AND IT WASNT A CLUB ACTIVITY. BUT TIMES HAVE CHANGED, AND NOW SUCH ACTIVITIES ARE NOT CONDONED OR ALLOWED. A MEMBER WOULD BE KICKED OUT OF THE CLUB FOR DOING SO. THE SONS ARE A ONE PERCENT MOTORCYCLE CLUB. THE POPULAR DISCRIPTION OF A 1% CLUB IS A CLUB WHOSE MEMBERS LIVE OUTSIDE THE BOUNDRIES OF SOCITIEY.BUT THE MORE INDEPT AND TRUE DISCRIPTION IS A BROTHERHOOD OF MEN WHO ARE HIGHLY DEDICATED TO EACH OTHER AND THE LIFESTYLE OF THE CLUB. THE CLUB IS HIGHLY ORGANIZED WITH CHAPTER OFFICERS,NATIONAL OFFICERS.AND A NATION WIDE NOMAD CHAPTER WHO SERVE AS THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT'S RIGHT HAND MEN.CLUB BYLAWS ARE STRICKLY INFORCED TO PROLONG THE LIFESTYLE AND LONGIVITY OR THE CLUB.

mssjg said...

I thought this special was entertaining, so entertaining it was comical. Were they trying to make a comedy when they aired this? Many of these guys were good friends of mine and I felt they were part of my extended family. Who even makes this crap up?

chaserdoodles said...

oh please i live around a county that just loves it's harley's cocaine and sons of silence, why because the sons provide all three. my aunt used to ride with them as recent as the late 90's and nothing had changed from the crap they did in the 70's. they are a 1 percenter for a reason and if they have cleaned up then by all means let the national office know what these guys are doing down here in danville il, strip them of the patches and let them get ratted out and go to jail where they belong. but no then they'll just start another gang and pull the same crap. they do charity work on sunday and sell coke on sunday. all the while holding down semi legit business' but around here everyones afraid of them. personally i think they are obnoxious and wish they'd just get over themselves plus it be nice if they'd stop ruining my county with their main bread winner cocaine. as for the racism i know first had that the majority of the member around here are racist because i've been in there bars and spoke to them. and the nazi tats the have are little more than just shock value that shows a commitment to racism. tats that i have seen many many members wearing. i love what the one poster said " A redneck version of the Italian mob with a touch of the KKK" sums up how i feel about them perfectly

rittert32005 said...

This is kinda funny that most of you antis have worse grammar and spelling than the supporters. A club/gang is made up of individuals each are capable of making thier own choices and responcible for their own actions. I've only met one person who was associated with the son of silence who i'll admit was pretty shady, however I refuse to judge the entire group off of one individual. I've grown up around bikers and I can say that the whole motorcycle community is looking up I know several guys who ride with the patriot gaurd. Most of them that i know are anti-gay yet this group blocks the veiw off protestors (that typically target gay and military funerals) from the families of the dead. I am some what anti militay (because if I ever killed I would want to do it on my terms and for personal reasons) but I still support what these guys do it's a respect issue not what they did while they were here. Also therecs no way for the governing members to keep tabs on every soul that belongs at all time and activities are sure to vary from area to area. Everybody and everything is corrupt these days anyway. This gang is no differnt than the remainder of american society today and I refuse to judge them as a whole on a few bad apples. I support their goals, if they accompish them we're up, if they don't we break even.

Slick said...

There definitley are 2 sides to these comments. I found it rather educational. I did like the comment by Nomad John on his opinion on what a club is. How he said that the club member's are highly dedicated to one another. I have never been in a club but would have to say that if you are not willing to go all the way for your brother then what is the point of being in the club.

DAVID said...

As far as I'm concerned every single SOS member should be locked up and tortured. SOS put my cousin in the ICU and he is still in a coma. Don't believe that hype about them being upstanding people. They are a very violant criminal gang. If I could post pics on here I would show you what those sorry SOBs did to my cousin and then you would know just how violant they are. They are a gang because as punk outcasts they can't fit in anywhere else so they act out on people. SONS OF SILENCE ALL OF YOU ARE WASTES OF HUMAN SPACE AND NEED TO BE WIPED OUT.

loki75 said...

you people really need to get a grip sos is not racist

G Coker said...

I have been a guest of the Sons and know several members. I know they are not racist because some of the members I know are in fact Hispanic. I found them to be kind and polite as anyone else. They care about their brothers as well as their friends and family. They are just like anyone else. They help with charity events and bike runs as well as take care of brothers and their families while a brother is down or has left little behind to care for their families. They wear colors proudly. In any organization you have good and bad elements. Just as there are bad or dirty cops, judges, congressmen, preachers, and crossing guards. Its individuals that make bad decisions not organizations like the Sons. Discipline is paramount in any organization for it to survive and be respected. So if its the Sons, your local law enforcement, the Army, the Marines, etc... it doesnt matter there are good and bad individuals. Dont judge by a few random acts from individuals who would care less no matter who they were affiliated with.

Wires

kyla said...

i have u no they r really cool guys they help me n so many was i cant thank them enough they do a lot of good stuff like toys for tots

usmc1775 said...

THE SONS ARE NOT WHITE SUPREMACISTS.. I AM THE PRESIDENT OF AN MC THAT IS IN TALKS WITH SOS FOR AN ALLIANCE OR SUPPORT CLUB,AND I HAPPEN TO BE JEWISH AND IRISH SO ALL THAT KKK AND SS BULLSHIT IS HOGWASH. I SUPPORT SOS TILL IM BURIED IN MY CUT.

Scott said...

David,
It's unfortunate that your brother had a run in with the club. Having said that, based on the language you used in your post I can only imagine what precipitated the argument. Why is it that people think they can say whatever they want and then are surprised when they get belted? Maybe you're thinking its the first amendment? You would be mistaken ( I would be surprised if you have read it since high school). I assure you that saying the wrong thing to a son will elicit the response your brother seemed to get. Having not been there I can't make that judgment. I don't have the unbiased contextual background to do so. Neither do you. I always chuckle when I hear stories like this. It's just like the guy who claimed he got his ass kicked by 238 black guys. The reality is one guy worked him over for being a douche bag. I loved your comment "need to be wiped out". Dave that strikes me as a little aggressive. Maybe those guys same way about your relative! The difference being they have the fortitude of their convictions whereas you don't. Rather then pleading your case on an Internet forum why don't you do something about it? Of you feel so passionately about "wiping" people out why don't you start pulling the trigger? I will tell you why you don't. You sir are what I refer to as a windshield screamer. You will scream, yell and pontificate as long as you know you won't be held accountable for those actions and words. The minute your actually in a situation where you might actually stand up you run and call the police. You look to other to fix the situation you created with your own hollow bravado. I can tell you precisely how you will respond to this. You will threaten, jump up and down and scream how tough you are. Dave if you take the time to stop licking and yelling the windshield maybe you will be able to see through it someday.

SFFS

sweet said...

I have been around quite a few sons and they have always been down to earth and very respectful people I've always looked up to sons I have had people from my family ride with them I've had them at my house and they were the nicest people ever I do not think they are racist and one day I would like to ride with them. To david I wonder what your cousin did to the sons before they put him in that ICU with the presentation I seen from you I think he might of deserved it. People shouldn't be so quick to judge them.

kid rock said...

I am former sos western il. hangaround/prospect kid rock I say hangaround/prospect because at the time I was with the sons I lived in missouri an politics prevented me from patching out but I rode with them for 5 years an I know for a fact that the sons as a club are not into the white power if my memory is correct (my apologies if im wrong) one of their members has a chink wife (no disrespect intended) so if they are so white power why would they let this individual be apart of their organization now some members (on their own accord) are on the racest side but the club as a whole is not. An now that politics are no longer an issue for me I look forward to getting reacquainted with the sons an hopefully with the 5 years I already put in they will give me the opportunity to finish my journey I started 8 years ago an patch out

kid rock said...

Sorry my math was off my journey started 11 years ago in 02

Blaze Duran said...

My grandfather is the National Enforcer of the club. Now if they are really that violent, do you honestly think he would bring his 10 year old grandson around that violence for what is now 8 years later. and not once have i seen any intentional violence that wasnt defending someone else. thanks.

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