Treat Memorial Day Weekend the Same as Spring Break and Winter Music Week

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Luther Campbell, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke wonders when Miami and Miami Beach city officials will crack down on rowdy ravers.

The video shows a large crowd gathering around a pair of Miami Beach police officers who are trying to subdue a couple resisting arrest on the sand near First Street and Ocean Drive. The drunk party goers yell at one of the cops after he slams the woman to the ground. "That's some pussy-ass shit," one guy says.

Three young men get in the face of the other officer, who has the boyfriend in a choke hold. Had this incident happened during Memorial Day weekend, I don't need to tell you how it would have turned out. You can bet some very intolerant Miami Beach residents would have used the ruckus as another reason to ban African-Americans from the city for the three-day holiday.

But the melee came during last year's Ultra Music Week, the March electronic music extravaganza that begins this week and brings thousands of young, predominantly white partygoers to our sunny shores.

The police presence for Ultra and Winter Music Conference is nothing compared to the number of cops on the streets of Miami Beach during Memorial Day, which last year led to two police-involved shootings during what has become known as Urban Beach Week in Miami Beach. One man died and seven people were injured, including three cops, in one of the incidents.



The same rowdy, unlawful behavior by young party goers occurs during both tourist-driven music events, yet supposedly equal rights groups like the Unity Coalition only complain about Urban Beach Week.

This year, Ultra and Winter Music Conference honchos kissed and made up, so the parties are gonna be going strong for almost two weeks. Yet none of the anti-Memorial Day activists on Miami Beach are suggesting there's a problem with the hordes of pill-popping ravers who turn the city into a huge drug den and openly drink liquor on the sidewalks. There won't be any complaints from condo dwellers about the barrage of techno music coming from hotel pool parties. You won't see police task forces running drug stings to bust all the tourists holding Ecstasy, ketamine, GHB, and cocaine on Washington and Collins Avenues.

Where is the community group Take Back SoBe to stop the drug fueled raves in the nightclubs, hotels and beaches? Who is forming the coalition to persuade Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower to put an end to spring break? Oh, that's right, it's a problem only when the party people have a darker skin color, even though their tourism dollars help Miami Beach businesses survive during the slow summer months. The city and its inhabitants should welcome Memorial Day weekend partiers the same way they roll out the red carpet for spring breakers and house music fans.

African-American visitors deserve the same level of respect.

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Ihadadream2013
Ihadadream2013

Liberty City, Opa Locka ,Overtown, Little Haiti are all ideal locations for Urban Music Fest  imagine all the brotherly love .We could have Jessie Jackson ,Al Sharpton,  Trayvon's parents ,Miami Zombie's parents and Rodney King .Inflatable swimming pools ,Cough Syrup , Fried Chicken   and Watermelon eating competition just imagine 2013 Memorial Day Weekend Luther Campbell could have his wife (me so horny me love you long time)  stripping .Rick Ross chef for BBQ .Dj Khaled could be in charge of sanitation portable pottys. I had a dream.. C'mon miami lets makes this happen !!

You are kidding right?
You are kidding right?

I imagine that the response of authorities and residents of Miami are all based on the level of bad behavior.  You can claim the race card all you want.  Cause more  trouble than white people and you SHOULD expect a heavier hand.  Move on folks!

guest
guest

Is there A Black Ku Klux Klan,Luke is always pitting Blacks against whites or ( Fill in race Here )

Imagine if a white guy wrotethe article and just changed a few words

This is a public serviceannouncement to all the WHITE PEOPLEvisitors coming to Liberty City,Overtown, Allapatah,The Creek,Pork andBeans. There are a few things you need to know when you cross over the expressway to visit in the city that doesn't reallywant you there, but wants to take your money. Here are the new rules you willhave to abide by unless you want your White ass to end up in Dade County Morgue

You cannot walk the streets with an open Purse or Flashy jewelry. Typically, the citizens don’t regard the laws, but we all know you  White people get lost frequently . Dozens of police officers from multiple agencies will be invisible in this area so watch your back.Don't even think about coming to any of these areas  if you are White, have an expensive car a Rolex Watch, an outstanding looking wife, , the citizens are also going to use their skill  to track just about every car coming from the mainland to snatch your ass.Forget about using the side streets to dodge the citizens because it's off limits to white people who don't live in these areasRacial profiling is in full effect.Price gouging is legal. So don't complain All these rules will be thrown out the window everyday  and everything will go back to normal NEVER But, for those of you who haven't booked a room yet, you are better off partying in Miami, Fort Lauderdale or the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood. Save yourself the hassle of going to these areas and having your HUMAN rights violated.

These areas need the reckless thugs who spend money without blinking and ruin it for the law-abiding visitors.STOP REVERSE RACISM

annhy shim-morel
annhy shim-morel

this is about hoardes of people coming into a very small place, loitering, littering, getting surly and fighting. i would rather a bunch of pill popping people who are high as kites- who just want to dance- than a bunch of disrespectful partiers who are here to literally trash my hometown. duh. i'm sorry- but this is not a race issue. who's racist now? i see people for their actions- not the color of their skin thank you very much.

Vrd627
Vrd627

What an ignorant column, what you are doing by writing about memorial day weekend and spring break and winter music conference is perpetuating the black and white issue.  You need it to be an issue.  Take the color of the people out of it and compare the energy all these events bring to town. By the way Spring Break is not just for white kids, all kids come down on their break. The energy of Memorial Weekend is one of a music video where some of the girls act like or are strippers and some of the guys want to be scarface,  I dont think this is everybody, but that is the energy of it.  Then you throw in Miamis' finest gangs showing these visitors who the city "belongs" to and you have an unpredictable, anxiety riddled, uncontrolled energy fueled category 5.  Its the one hurricane you can always count on hitting us, so as a resident we put our shutters up and leave. 

Kayladaniels18
Kayladaniels18

I live in South Beach and have worked in over 7 different hotel properties from 5th St to 24th St, on Ocean Dr, Collins Ave and Washington Ave and the crowd that comes for WMC is completely different than the crowd that comes for Memorial Day Weekend and its not about race, though there are bad apples in both events. Yes I do agree that there are drugs at both WMC and Memorial Day Weekend and something should be done about it. The crowd and not everyone that comes for WMC mostly European is polite, respectful and they actually have sufficent funds for their accommodations. Even statistics state that the city makes the most money during this event. The crowd that comes for Memorial Day Weekend and not everybody; are rude, disrespectful, and never have enough funds and the hotels always have damages. I love Hip Hop and have enjoyed Memorial Day Weekend in the past but I have been harassed too many times by men during Memorial day Weekend and statistics show that the city actually looses money during that event. I dont like house music but as a local in South Beach I would rather have the WMC crowd with all their drugs than the Memorial Day Weekend crowd and all their guns and this is from a personal experience.

Hec Rod
Hec Rod

Luke, take you blinders off. Your music and booty shaking culture promoted what to day culminates into mayhem.  No respect for women, the law, or themselves. Sounds like one of your albums. Oh that right, their not your anymore, cause you were to busy wilding. I like you Luke, part of my culture, but BRO grow up, you pay taxes, You think the behaviors acceptable if it were happening in your hood.

Miamihouseheads
Miamihouseheads

Obviously the person writing this blog is against Electronic Music.. There's NEVER any major incidence at any of these electronic music festivals or WMC parties. Miami New Times is bias for allowing such an article to be written against EDM music. Miami became Miami because of electronic music and the amazing electronic music parties.. and in the past 10 years, that has all gone away. Miami sucks and a lot of people are talking about it. 

These hiphop events destroy the image of Miami Beach and of its party life.. Between the crime, the businesses closing because they don't want to deal with that class of people, the stabings, the shootings, the theft, the people breaking into over 200 cars last year, the cost of law enforcement having to be there and from what people say, the people attending Memorial Day events DO NOT TIP at the restaurants and bars.. Memorial day events don't help the community out.  Memorial day weekend must end!!

Topnla
Topnla

Look, I've been to both when friend come form out of town...it's not the same AT ALL. I can't defend the MBPD, however, if the Memorial Day crowd treated Miami  the same way the ULTRA crowd does.... yes, the urban weekend leaves money behind, but it also leaves tons of garbage EVERYWHERE,   hundreds of hotel towels, sheet and pillows on the beach, and a lot of times the not so pleasant stories from store and restaurant owners. I'm sure it happens during WMC too, but not at that scale. Aside from that, the sense of entitlement is not equal to both crowds, and yes, there might be a lot of drugs out there during WMC, but thus far none of it has led to confrontation and shoot-outs at David's Cafe (remember that?) Ever  since the 90s urban weekends have been a problem, so stop trying to victimize and say that it has to do with color. I'll be with you when WMC/Ultra turns into a massive mess mix of garbage, fights, shoplifting, traffic, attitude and total disregard for property and the environment. 

Everybody knows what's up and for you to write this is simply ludicrous. 

Blacks ruined South Beach
Blacks ruined South Beach

Uncle Luke? You have any idea how stupid blacks look waddling down the street with their pants belted around their knees? You like looking at dirty underwear?

How about all the ugly tattoos? You know that just means the blacks will stay unemployed, right?

Blacks have made South Beach a ghetto. Happy?

Ejkahlbankcards
Ejkahlbankcards

Hey Luke! You yourself said you WON'T go to South Beach and haven't FOR THE LAST 4 YEARS on MDW, but I did see that you hosted an event at Mansion last week for Spring Break with "the white devils" such as myself. You don't even believe your shit Luke, but you do believe you will disappear without this column and nobody is gonna give 2 shits, bye bye.

Dontlie
Dontlie

Well I'm not surprised to see this honestly. I expected this article from you. You're comparing an actual, legit, organized, music festival to UBW--which is  nothing more than a disorganized get together, and you know that gets tricky. People that attend Ultra get checked before entering and then are enclosed in this specific area, probably go to after parties later. UBW is just a street party and everyone is everywhere trashing everything and it's a mess on the streets of Miami Beach. The obvious solution would be to make if official so the city could have more control over the event. But hey, why not make this a racist article? I know that's your gimmick. 

Disgusting pigs
Disgusting pigs

I was walking on Ocean Drive last weekend for one block. When I saw two lowlife blacks with their pants hanging down so low the dirty skid marks on their boxers were showing I left. What makes anyone think wearing pants around their knees is attractive? Pigs.

It made me leave South Beach as quickly as I could get to my car.0

Jabari Jones
Jabari Jones

ITS A LOST CAUSE LUKE... EVERYBODY KNOWS WHEN UR WHITE UR RIGHTT NO MATTER WHAT. OR (WANNA BE WHITE) THEY FEAR YOU JUST BECUZ THEY FEAR YOU. CASE CLOSED & THE SAD THING ABOUT IT IS.. SOME OF U ARE READING THIS KNOW IM SPEAKING THE TRUTH>>>> STOP FEARING THE BLACK MAN & I BET ULL GET A LONG WITH HIM, HES NOT AS MEAN AS HE SEEMS. :) he just looks that way 2 u..:) just try it ul c.

Jorge Gonzalez
Jorge Gonzalez

I'm the first one to call out prejudice and discrimination, and as a brown-skinned Hispanic I have I have personally experienced both. Yet, I don't think this is necessarily a racial issue. I go to the beach during all three events you mentioned: Springs Break, Winter Music Conference/Miami Music Week and Urban Beach Week. I have no interest in increased police presence, complaints or protests for one or the other as long as everything remains safe. The altercation in front of the Swedish House Mafia event was the only one that I have seen in 5 years of religiously going to WMC/MMW, while I have seen much more than that while attending Urban Beach Week. I think the key to solving the whole ordeal is getting to the root of the problem in getting through to the people who attend these events, and not those who police them or complain about them. Everyone should be peaceful and be considerate and low-key about whatever alcohol and drug consumption they choose to partake in. In other words, put yourself in the place of those not partying with you and don't do things that throw up blatant, red flags.

Pipiloco
Pipiloco

Lolll. cry me a river bitch, go cry racism in a city that has it. MIAMI IS DIVERSE, so chances are that even black people dont wanna fucking deal with MDW. Whats next dude, what are u going to bitch about next week?

Darrell
Darrell

As a brother, Luke you are the epitome of an emotional, baseless, illogical fool. I don't even go the beach for Memorial Day Weekend because for one it has no respect for the holiday it suppose to commemorate then the crowd it attracts is the reckless, lawless and the most undesirable. Do not act like it is a conglomerate of distinguished black men that come over the bridge. It is a complete mess. You see how the sisters dress for Memorial Weekend!?!? Shameful but I'll admit enjoy the footage I see online. lol. However, it is still wrong and shameful. WMC and SB attracts mostly college kids. College kids who want to have fun but won't do too much risk messing up their lives so they're more docile to abide by the laws. Notice I didn't mention skin tones. Black, anglo-saxon, latino, asian, native american, etc all go to colleges and universities. 

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

African-Americans? Just how many recently arrived from Africa?

Smaabs
Smaabs

I have been to SoBe during Memorial Weekend a few times and I think it wasnt too bad if you wear kevlar like I did. Shit just ricochets.

TREY O FIVE
TREY O FIVE

On point as usual Luke.  We all know who has the complexion for the protection. All the hoopla about the UBW crowds from these racist devils seems to die down when it's drunk/drugged white kids. It's always look at as an isolated incident when it's white kids but the every black kid that attends UBW have to bear the responsibility for the actions of a couple of people.

F$%^ South Beach. I'll be glad when the "Urban" crowd smarten up and take their dollars somewhere else.

Jahv
Jahv

What an ignorant and biased article! Cmoon Luke!

RealisticResident
RealisticResident

Here we go. With all due respect, Luke, let's not make this a black & white thing. I like your column and respect (and usually agree with) your point of view, however, you are way off on this one. Born & raised in Miami I have yet to hear of ONE shooting incident involving visitors or even police during ultra/wmc week. Yet, it is the norm during memorial day. Maybe if the memorial day crowd did not carry guns, did ecstasy & partied only loudly yet not violently, you'd have a legitimate case. However, we will not find out because this is not the case. We cant change the facts and although the methods the police use leave much to be desired, their main goal seems to be to keep others safe from violence...not drug use & loud parties.  

floribel
floribel

"It's a problem only when the party people have a darker skin color."

WRONG. It's only a problem when the party people tote guns and incite shootings.  No matter how much you try, plain fact is that the Ultra kids and the spring break kids are not involved in these shootings.

Freak1C
Freak1C

Typical bullshit it can't be enough that there is no violence for the WMC so it must be blatant racism. Give me a break. As far as you assuming that it is some excuse for everyone to be a drug fueled raver, i'd say you are uneducated and unaware. It is a music festival and there isn't any room for violence in that scene. But... Like everything else its got to be racism right? It can't just be cold black and white fact instead a two hundred year old black and white issue. I bet if you put the stats next to each other its pretty clear why police are more present during memorial weekend.

Pinguu
Pinguu

Man I wonder when the New Times is going to realize this asshole is a.racist bigot who thinks black people are always the victim. Dude look around you during WMC or Ultra and there are no fights no arguments, Memorial day weekend fucks up businesses and since most of the blacks that show up for it are the shit of society there is always violence and police confrontation. Get the fuck out of here with that shit Luke you been milking this fucking racists shit long enough you fucking untalented asshole.

Guest
Guest

i think the attitude that law enforcement has during MDW has to do with the hostile bravado that the urban crowd is associated with.. there is really no worry that a fight will break out during mmw just because one guy looked at somebody "the wrong way". it's quite the opposite, the crowd during MMW have a more open friendly disposition ...but i do agree that if they're gonna do drug raids during MDW they should during MMW.

BeSeriousLuke
BeSeriousLuke

No one gets shot and killed in a drive-by shooting during Ultra. Stop relating spring break and Ultra to Memorial Day weekend. Its oil and water. 

Lol
Lol

"The same rowdy, unlawful behavior by young party goers occurs during both tourist-driven music events..." 

Lol really??? If the Memorial Day crowd showed up with glow-sticks, candy necklaces and ecstasy the cops wouldn't even leave the station.   

lovee
lovee

Ravers don't usually mess with anyone. I'm not white, I'm actually a few shades from black & even I can say black people tend to get rowdier. Ecstasy has a euphoric feeling, not one to cause a police shoot out. & house music doesn't have a lot of cursing nor talk about trapping drugs, so maybeeee that's why residents don't complain.

Quoldbread
Quoldbread

How many people got shot last year at Ultra? Were any cops injured then?

305guy
305guy

 Please kill yourself...

Russian Bride
Russian Bride

 it's that we're not allowed to say black people because then it's racist.in fact, don't say anything at all.  it's probably racist.

Jcstunts2000
Jcstunts2000

People are happy not "hard core" during spring break and WMC, there are PLENTY of black people and people of color during these festivities. Urban Fest Is filled with music that promotes violence and extreme materialism, which pools the gang banging, money flaunting douche of every race and color together. THAT is the reason why I support the ban on Urban Fest, or it's ganna have to start making serious changes.

Smaabs
Smaabs

Take that shit to Margate. 

Jeebus
Jeebus

 Hurry up with the take it out of South Beach...we're waiting.

Jorge Gonzalez
Jorge Gonzalez

 "Memorial day weekend fucks up businesses and since most of the blacks that show up for it are the shit of society there is always violence and police confrontation." That sounds slightly racist and bigoted, don't you think?

TREY O FIVE
TREY O FIVE

There were no shootings before last year.  The argument was the noise, the weed and the crowds.  So don't pull out last years one incident to make your point. The racist residents of MB were complaining about crowds during UBW but welcome UMF with open arms.  You guys are just racist devils.

Be glad when the "urban" crowd take their dollars somewhere else. F*&^ South Beach

Pinguu
Pinguu

That's because its the truth if you had normally behaving blacks, who were here with the sole intention of having a good time. Without causing any trouble, then that would be a different story, notice how I said "most of the blacks" never genralized the black raise as being all a piece of shit out sir are a dumbass and people like you is why idiots like Luke have a column.

NoUrbancrap
NoUrbancrap

Please let them take their dollars somewhere else, the hospitality industry incurs financial losses during this weekend between the over crowded hotel rooms and the dirty mess this crowd leaves behind. As an original local from the beach, family and friends that used to come to the beach during this holiday no longer due so because of the trash and crime this crowd brings.

Kayladaniels18
Kayladaniels18

This is not a racist issue if it was white people causing these issues during Memorial Day Weekend, guess what I wouldnt want them here either!

305guy
305guy

You sir need to retake an English and reading/comprehension class. You are a fucking idiot, please read your post before pressing send.

Pinguu
Pinguu

Most of the blacks that attend UBW shit this is the problem you want equality and then everything is racist.

Quoldbread
Quoldbread

ummmm.... when you say "most of the blacks," you are actually making an overgeneralization. 

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