The plight of the Juggalos: Why clowns marched on Washington

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A man poses for a photo during the Juggalo March, at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall, September 16, 2017 in Washington, DC.Image source, Getty Images
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A group of disgruntled clowns, known as "Juggalos", descended on Washington on Saturday.
Juggalos, fans of the band Insane Clown Posse, listen to a speaker during the Juggalo March at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, USA, 16 September 2017Image source, EPA
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They are angry they have been labelled a gang by the FBI - albeit one described as a "loosely organised hybrid".
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The clowns say they are simply super-fans of hardcore hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse and the classification has resulted in people being "subjected to various forms of discrimination, harassment, and profiling simply for identifying as a Juggalo".
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Jason Webber, a publicist at the band's label, Psychopathic Records, said the march would focus attention on the discrimination the group faces.
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"What we hope to get out of it is to get the attention of the entire world and the FBI and other political forces to drive home a simple but powerful message: Juggalos are not a gang. They are a musical subculture and family," he told NBC News.
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Whether the US Justice Department will listen remains to be seen.