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August 14, 2012

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

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

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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