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August 14, 2012 Off

White Supremacists React to Sikh Temple Shootings

Since the Sikh tem­ple shoot­ing in Wis­con­sin on August 5, reac­tions from Amer­i­can white suprema­cists have var­ied widely, from deplor­ing the shoot­ings to prais­ing the shooter, Wade Michael Page.

Early responses occurred before white suprema­cists learned the shooter was a long-time white suprema­cist.  Many reac­tions expressed con­cern that the mass shoot­ing would prompt calls for gun con­trol. Oth­ers were unhappy with the tar­get.  “I have to say that Sikhs are the least objec­tion­able non-White immi­grant group in North Amer­ica by far!!” wrote one poster on the white suprema­cist dis­cus­sion forum Storm­front.   Another Storm­fron­ter agreed:  “There’s so many legit­i­mate ene­mies, it’s just so stu­pid to pick Sikhs.”  A poster to the Van­guard News Net­work (VNN) asked, “Why get focused on Sikhs?  Just weird.  Very spe­cific turd in a giant sewer…Our worst ene­mies are jews and white trai­tors.  If you aren’t fight­ing them, you just aren’t living.”

Oth­ers made crude jokes, as did this Storm­fron­ter from Wis­con­sin:  “In a related story, sev­eral gas sta­tions and con­ve­nience stores in the Mil­wau­kee area have put out Help Wanted signs.”

Soon, how­ever, white suprema­cists learned of Page’s extrem­ist past, prompt­ing a gen­eral attempt at dis­tanc­ing them­selves.  Some claimed the shoot­ing was not rep­re­sen­ta­tive of white suprema­cists.  Oth­ers thought it was poor tar­get­ing.  “He…never learned the cru­cial les­son,” posted one Storm­fron­ter.  “Don’t attack the symp­toms, attack the cause.”  A VNN poster opined that “I don’t mind the mas­sacres so much as the sheer idiocy of those doing the shoot­ing, the ran­dom thought­less­ness of their tar­gets.  If they are going to go out in a blaze of glory then they should at least attempt to select more polit­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant tar­gets instead of mean­ing­less indi­vid­u­als.”  Many expressed fear of a back­lash against the white suprema­cist movement.

Oth­ers, how­ever, thought of Page as a mar­tyr to the cause.  “See you in Val­halla, brother,” posted Zach But­ler, a North Car­olina white suprema­cist, to his Face­book pro­file.  One Orange County based white power music band, Armed and Ready, posted to its Face­book page:  “R.I.P. Brother Wade, out with a whim­per or out with a bang, it’s your choice.”

These sorts of sen­ti­ments appeared espe­cially pop­u­lar among mem­bers and sup­port­ers of the Ham­mer­skins, the large racist skin­head group of which Page was a mem­ber.   “For Wade, the fight goes on,” posted one Idaho Ham­mer­skin to Face­book.  “R.I.P. brother, you’ll be missed!” wrote another.  “RIP, Wade, U were one hell of a white patriot,” posted Robert Kopko, a Florida Ham­mer­skin.  Sev­eral days later, he announced that he was “gonna go out with some broth­ers an[d] have a cou­ple drinks for a fallen patriot.”  Another Florida Ham­mer­skin wrote that “I miss my good friend WADE!  HAIL WADE!!”

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August 6, 2012 1

ADL Connects Suspected Shooter at Wisconsin Sikh Temple to White Supremacist Skinhead Group

The man iden­ti­fied by law enforce­ment author­i­ties as the sus­pected gun­man in the Wis­con­sin mur­der spree on Sun­day, August 5, Wade Michael Page, 41, was a white suprema­cist skin­head known to the Anti-Defamation League for sev­eral years as the leader of End Apa­thy, a white power music band affil­i­ated with the Hammerskins. 

The Ham­mer­skins are a long­stand­ing hard­core racist skin­head group with a his­tory of vio­lence and hate crimes.  Page was him­self a mem­ber of the Ham­mer­skins (he was a “prospect” in 2011), and iden­ti­fied him­self as a North­ern Ham­mer­skin, part of the group’s Mid­west branch.  He was pre­vi­ously asso­ci­ated to vary­ing degrees with a vari­ety of other white suprema­cist bands. 

Page, who some­times referred to him­self by the pseu­do­nym “Jack Boot,”  is fes­tooned with white suprema­cist tat­toos, includ­ing a Nazi Death’s Head (Totenkopf) tat­too and a Ham­mer­skins tattoo.

Accord­ing to an inter­view Page gave to a Hammerskins-associated record label in 2010, he started End Apa­thy in 2005 and wrote many of its songs, as well as play­ing gui­tar and singing vocals. In recent years, End Apa­thy has been a fea­tured band at many Hammerskin-organized white power music con­certs, includ­ing the August 2010 “Meet  & Greet BBQ & Bands” in North Car­olina, the Ham­mer­skins’ St. Patty’s Day Show in March 2011 in Orlando, Florida, and Ham­mer­fest 2011 in Octo­ber 2011, also in Orlando.

Images of Wade Page:

Wade Page at Ham­mer­skin concert

Wade Page (on left) with Def­i­nite Hate

Wade Page (on right) at Ham­mer­skin event

Wade Page at Ham­mer­skin concert

Wade Page (on left) play­ing with Def­i­nite Hate

Wade Page and Def­i­nite Hate at 2011 Ham­mer­skins “St. Pad­dys Day” concert

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May 31, 2012 Off

FBI Arrests Chicago-Area White Supremacist For Hate-Motivated Arson

Photo credit:  Will County Sheriff’s Department

FBI agents on May 30, 2012, arrested long-time Chicago-area white suprema­cist Brian James Moudry, 35, for allegedly set­ting fire to the home of an African-American fam­ily in Joliet near Moudry’s own home in 2007. Nine peo­ple were in the house at the time, eight of them chil­dren, but they escaped the fire with­out injury.

Pros­e­cu­tors have charged Moudry with arson, using fire to inter­fere with hous­ing rights on the basis of race, and using fire to com­mit another felony. If con­victed, Moudry could face up to 40 years in fed­eral prison.

Moudry has a lengthy his­tory of both arrests and white supremacy. By his own admis­sion, he spent most of his teenage years in juve­nile insti­tu­tions. By the time he was 18 he was already a white suprema­cist. In 1996, he wrote a fan let­ter to the white power music mag­a­zine Resis­tance in which he talked about how much he and his father enjoyed the arti­cles and ended his mis­sive with the cry of “WHITE UNITY and WHITE POWER!!” Within a few years, he was arrested for aggra­vated assault and hate crimes for assault­ing two African-American men in a restau­rant park­ing lot and spent some months in the county jail for the assault.

At first, Moudry was pri­mar­ily active on the white power music scene, edit­ing a white power music fanzine dubbed Hate­mon­ger and play­ing in a white power band called Xeno­pho­bia while call­ing him­self “War­head von Jew­grinder.” Xeno­pho­bia per­formed songs such as “Vomit on the Rabbi” and “Delenda Est Judica,” and appeared on a com­pi­la­tion CD along with Flam­ma­ble Hebrews, with which Moudry also performed.

In the early 2000s, Moudry met Matt Hale, then leader of the Illinois-based World Church of the Cre­ator (WCOTC; now known as the Cre­ativ­ity Move­ment), and became an active mem­ber of the group, styling him­self a “Rev­erend” and orga­niz­ing WCOTC ral­lies and protests and pass­ing out white suprema­cist lit­er­a­ture in north­ern Illi­nois. Moudry quickly became the “state leader” of the WCOTC for Illi­nois. The WCOTC col­lapsed in 2004 fol­low­ing Hale’s arrest and sub­se­quent con­vic­tion for solic­it­ing the mur­der of a fed­eral judge; in sub­se­quent years Moudry was part of a small band of Hale loy­al­ists try­ing, largely unsuc­cess­fully, to keep the group alive fol­low­ing Hale’s arrest.

In July 2010, FBI agents paid Moudry a visit to ques­tion him about an alleged threat by Moudry to an African-American postal car­rier; no charges were filed, but accord­ing to author­i­ties he was “encour­aged to behave.” How­ever, not long after, in August 2010, local police arrested Moudry for allegedly threat­en­ing a youth with a weapon. That case is still pending.

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