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August 06, 2012 11:30 AM “The White Power Music Scene”

By Ed Kilgore

I don’t know if the Southern Poverty Law Center’s HateWatch site has got its facts straight in identifying the Sikh Temple murderer as a “frustrated neo-Nazi who had been the leader of a racist white-power band,” but color me amazed (and perhaps naive) by this whole skinhead music subculture, which I tend to identify with a distant time (the 1970s and 1980s) and place (the United Kingdom and Europe generally).

Hatewatch links to a bizarre, politically-veiled interview with the alleged killer in what is apparently a white supremacist website, and comments:

[Wade] Page told the website that he had been a part of the white power music scene since 2000, when he left his native Colorado on a motorcycle. He attended white power concerts in Georgia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Colorado. At various times, he said, he also played in the hate rock bands Youngland (2001-2003), Celtic Warrior, Radikahl, Max Resist, Intimidation One, Aggressive Force and Blue Eyed Devils. End Apathy, he said, included “Brent” on bass and “Ozzie” on drums; the men were former members of Definite Hate and another band, 13 Knots.

Ugh. Back in the mid-1980s, I once went with some work colleagues to a bar in an inner suburb of Atlanta to hear some “friends” of theirs perform, and was disgusted to discover that a good third of their tunes were openly racist. But they were a country band drawing from a metropolitan area (if not the immediate vicinity of the venue, where such sentiments would have swiftly earned the musicians a major ass-kicking) where white racism was still relatively open and abundant. Yet their following was decidedly word-of-mouth, and I don’t recall hearing of any “white power concerts.”

Shocking what you can discover if you kick over the right rock.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • c u n d gulag on August 06, 2012 11:42 AM:

    Maybe this guy went on a killing spree because he couldn't find a word that rhymed with "orange."

    "My hate is getting red,
    Right now it's still bright orange.
    I wish all non-white people were dead,

    OH SH*T!!!

    Sorry, but I have to find some sort of humor in something as senseless as this shooting - even if it isn't very funny.

  • Bobby Goren on August 06, 2012 11:50 AM:

    Let's say for a moment that this guy was involved with these racist organizations and played in hate bands. I'd love to compare the FOX News coverage with that of the more-or-less nonexistent "New Black Panther movement."
    My guess FOX'll spend 1/100th the time on the racist background of an actual murderer than trumping up the NBP "threat."

  • c u n d gulag on August 06, 2012 11:53 AM:

    Bobby Goren,
    By pointing that out, you've shown YOU'RE THE REAL RACIST!

  • CDW on August 06, 2012 12:27 PM:

    Regressive republicans, formerly known in the distant past as the G.rand O.ld P.arty, have been grooming the "Christian" white supremacists for the 21st century. They've been whistling Dixie to them with all the attacks on Obama, the Muslims, and undocumented immigrants. It's sickening.

  • Kathryn on August 06, 2012 12:30 PM:

    On other possible (likely) hate news, a mosque is Missouri burned to the ground early this morning, fire started around 3:30 a.m. An earlier fire there had damaged the roof of mosque, cameras picked up a white male throwing something onto the roof in that incident. This time cameras were destroyed in fire. If you don't succeed the first time, try, try again comes to mind. This fire also started in the 3:30 a.m. range.

  • R on August 06, 2012 12:45 PM:

    Thanks for the reminder -- I need to renew my SPLC membership. They do a lot of the rock-kicking for the rest of us.

  • TCinLA on August 06, 2012 1:07 PM:

    "White Power" rock concerts have been one of the major recruiting tools of the neo-Nazis for 30 years I have been aware of. Bet late than never, Ed. :-)

  • localnebula on August 06, 2012 3:50 PM:


    Google "Prussian Blue" and have a barf bowl ready. You don't know the half of how vile the white power music scene is.

  • Donchi on August 06, 2012 4:14 PM:

    Sadly, your post plays right into the claim that the media manipulates perception in a politically correct fashion. Yes, there is a white power music scene in America, and has been for a long time. Is it huge? No, but it's bigger than other subcultures you have probably heard of.

    And you don't have to turn over rocks to find hate groups. Maybe you've heard of Louis Farrakhan?

  • Michael Robinson on August 07, 2012 12:16 AM:

  • LiberalGRIT on August 07, 2012 10:03 AM:

    I used to work for the SPLC and I'm very proud of the work that the Intelligence Project does, including infiltrating hate groups as well as putting out a quarterly magazine and Hatewatch.

    You had better believe they're right. SPLC is the only group in this country following hate groups quite this in-depth.