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Sikh Shooting Puts ‘Hate Music’ Under Scrutiny

From an unquestioning Reuters:

Sikh shooting puts "white power music" under scrutiny

By Brendan O’Brien and Nick Carey | August 7, 2012

OAK CREEK, Wisconsin (Reuters) – The killings of six worshippers at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin has thrust attention on white power music, a thrashing, punk-metal genre that sees the white race under siege.

It was a movement fully embraced by shooter Wade Michael Page.

Notice he is not the ‘alleged shooter.’

With a shaved head and tattoos, Page played guitar and sang for a number of white power bands with names like End Apathy and Definite Hate, espousing views on albums such as "Violent Victory" and encouraging others to act through his Internet postings.

"Violence is part of this culture," said Robert Futrell, professor of sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and co-author of "American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement’s Hidden Spaces of Hate."

Called "hate music" by detractors and "independent music" by advocates, it provides an outlet for white supremacists, some of whom openly preach violence against minorities while others offer more subtle messages of angst and alienation found in many forms of music…

So is rap music "hate music"? Exactly how is it different what this?

"There is a set of ideas that suggests that a race war is going to happen," Futrell said, in which whites will be pitted against all others and must fight to defend against their extinction.

"Part of preparing for the race war is stockpiling weapons," he said. "It’s instructive to know that one of (Page’s) bands was called ‘End Apathy’ and part of this … is this push to activate people. So his action could be seen as an act that sparks or catalyzes action, that sparks or ends the apathy he was seeing."

So Page was trying to trigger a race war with Sikhs? (Who, by the way, are Caucasians, if they are from India.)

Former white supremacist Arno Michaels, the founder of Life After Hate, an online magazine that advocates for racial, religious and gender equality, said white power music was "an active practice of hate and violence."

"If you are playing white power music … you are learning how to hate people and you are practicing emotional violence against them. Tragically, what happened Sunday was the logical conclusion of this hate and violence," Michaels said…

Doesn’t rap music encourage similar behavior?


The Definite Hate album "Violent Victory" displayed a drawing of a white arm punching a black man in the face, one eye popping out of its socket and blood coming from his mouth…

Page’s most popular song, "Self Destruct," carried no overtly racial message. But other songs he played on, such as "Backbone," openly preached white supremacy with messages such as, "It’s 2010 and here we are to get rid of them; The enemies of the white race."

"Gather your guns, the time is now," says another line in the song…

Again, you can find imagery and lyrics like that in any number of popular rap songs.

There are between 100 and 150 white power music groups in the United States at any given time, he said.

"There’s a chicken or egg question there. Is it hate music that motivates some of these people to violence or is it that they already have this mindset?" Pitcavage said…

It’s safe to say that most Americans have never heard one note of "white power" music. Whereas rap music is everywhere, and celebrated.

Why the double standard?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Sikh Shooting Puts ‘Hate Music’ Under Scrutiny”

  1. canary says:

    I guess Reuters didn’t have much to report so they came up with a new music category.

    The shooter wrote his own hate song. People are having their own CD’s made these days, but it doesn’t mean anyone buys and sells it, or plays it on the radio.

    People on youtube trying to get discovered. Justin Beiber can’t even sing, and now’s he’s trying to get a bad boy image and hang out with rappers.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Well, I hate both

    I like actual music.

  3. Right of the People says:

    “So is rap music “hate music”? Exactly how is it different what this?”

    They be a black man in da White House, bitch, that be the difference.

    (Sorry Steve, jus keepin’ it real channelin’ my inner bro. Word!)

  4. beautyofreason says:

    I wonder if all those rants about the “po – po” on Gangster records (yes that is an actual company) will be subject to this ban.

    Liberals have a near monopoly on hate.

    What they don’t have, they want banned.

    A lot of music is not to my taste or beliefs, and I simply don’t listen to it. Why is that so hard for liberals to do ?

  5. wirenut says:

    See, banning guns works, for the bad guys. I feel so safe at stores,churches and movie theaters lately. Go to college, and
    learn, How to take a round, gracefully. Enough! The only tune I’m singing is, Praise The Lord and Pass The Ammunition.

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