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New York Times: ‘Riding With the 12 O’Clock Boys’

A British documentary film student makes a movie about black men in Baltimore who ride around on dirt bikes on city streets, causing crashes, mayhem, and death. The filmmaker wants to understand why they do this.

Last paragraph of the article: “As you’ll see in this Op-Doc video, the 12 O’Clock Boys, as reckless as they may be, provide a sense of purpose for many of Baltimore’s marginalized youth.”

Never mind the danger, and never mind the fact that the 12 O’Clock Boys flee the scenes of their accidents. This documentary is about multicultural understanding.

If you want to watch the movie: 12 O’Clock Boys

Why don’t they ride legally? Is it cost? I don’t think so, because they can certainly afford dirt bikes and fuel.

I think the real thrill comes from the fact that their hobby is illegal, intimidating, and poses a threat to others who are not willing to risk a collision with someone doing wheelies on the street. At a legal dirt bike and ATV trail where everyone has agreed to a certain amount of risk, the thrill is gone.