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August 10, 2012 Off

ADL Releases New Report On White Power Music Scene In The U.S.

The recent tragic shoot­ing spree at the Sikh tem­ple in Oak Creek, Wis­con­sin, in which Wade Michael Page killed six peo­ple before killing him­self after a shootout with police, has drawn atten­tion to the shad­owy world of white power music.

Page, a com­mit­ted white suprema­cist and mem­ber of the Ham­mer­skins, a hard­core racist skin­head group, was heav­ily involved in the white power music scene in the United States. He played in a num­ber of white power bands over the pre­vi­ous 12 years, most promi­nently the bands Def­i­nite Hate and End Apathy.

Page was just one of hun­dreds of white suprema­cist musi­cians lis­tened to by thou­sands of white suprema­cists in the United States and beyond. Today, white power music per­me­ates the sub­cul­ture of the white suprema­cist move­ment. Not all white suprema­cists enjoy white power music, but many of them do, espe­cially neo-Nazis and racist skin­heads. For lis­ten­ers, white power music is not sim­ply enter­tain­ment. It is music with a mes­sage, a medium used to express an ide­ol­ogy suf­fused with anger, hatred and violence.

ADL’s new report, The Sounds of Hate: The White Power Music Scene in the United States in 2012, details the cur­rent state of the white power music scene.

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