White power skinhead

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A neo-Nazi skinhead from Germany

White power skinheads are a white supremacist and antisemitic offshoot of the skinhead subculture.[1][2][3][4] Many of them are affiliated with white nationalist organizations.

The original skinhead subculture started in the late 1960s, and had heavy British mod and Jamaican rude boy influences — including an appreciation for ska, early reggae and soul music.[5][6][7][8] The identity of skinheads in the 1960s was neither based on white power nor neo-fascism, but some skinheads (including black skinheads) had engaged in "gay-bashing", "hippy-bashing" or "Paki bashing" (violence against random Pakistanis and other Asian immigrants).[9][10]

The original skinhead scene had mostly died out by 1972. A late 1970s revival came partly as a backlash against the commercialization of punk rock. This revival coincided with the development of the 2 Tone and Oi! music genres.[7][11][12][13] The skinhead revival in Britain included a sizable white nationalist faction, involving organizations such as the National Front, British Movement, Rock Against Communism and later Blood and Honour. Because of this, the mainstream media began to label the whole skinhead identity as neo-Nazi.

The racist subculture eventually spread to North America, Europe and other areas of the world. Groups soon emerged, such as the Hammerskins, and racist skinheads gained acceptance among other organized hate groups such as the Church of the Creator, White Aryan Resistance and the Ku Klux Klan.[14][15][16] In 1988, there were approximately 2,000 neo-Nazi skinheads in the US.[17] The majority of American white power skinhead groups are organized either at the state, county, city or neighborhood level; the Hammerskin Nation (HSN) is one of the few exceptions, due to its international presence.[18] According to a 2007 report by the Anti-Defamation League, groups such as white power skinheads, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan, have been growing more active in the United States in recent years, with a particular focus on opposing immigration, specifically from Mexico.[2]

Style and clothing[edit]

Neo-Nazi skinhead

Skinheads of all types are known for wearing Dr. Martens or combat-style boots, flight jackets, jeans and suspenders (also known as braces). Some white power skinheads wear badges, chains or rings featuring Nazi or white power emblems.[19][20] Many punk-influenced Oi! skinheads dress similarly to white power skinheads, without the racist or neo-Nazi symbols.

In contrast to the 1960s-style mod-influenced Trojan skinheads, white power skinheads typically wear higher boots, T-shirts instead of button-up shirts, and army trousers or jeans instead of Sta-Prest trousers. They usually crop their hair shorter than the 1960s-style skinheads — often to grade 0 length — or they shave their heads completely with a razor. White power skinheads generally have more tattoos than the skinheads of the 1960s, and these tattoos often feature explicitly racist content.

In Germany and the Netherlands, the Lonsdale clothing brand had been popular among some neo-Nazi skinheads. This is partly because the four middle letters of Lonsdale, NSDA, are almost the same as the abbreviation of Adolf Hitler's political party, the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (NSDAP).[21] The Lonsdale brand has been popular with non-racist skinheads for decades, and the company has sponsored anti-racist events and campaigns, and has refused to deliver products to known neo-Nazi retailers.[22]

Criminal activities[edit]

On 1995, Malcolm Wright Jr. and James N. Burmeister were charged in the murder of an African American couple in North Carolina. Wright and Burmeister were in the U.S. Army, and part of Fort Bragg's 82 Airborne Division. Wright and Burmeister were both arrested at a trailer park where police found a 9-mm semiautomatic pistol, a Nazi flag, White supremacists pamphlets, and other gang paraphernalia. Both men were sentenced to life in prison.[23][24][25][26]

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  1. ^ "White Power Music". Anti-Defamation League. 2005. Retrieved 2007-10-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Immigration Fueling White Supremacists". CBS News. 2007-02-06. 
  3. ^ - New York Times - "Neo-Nazi Activity Is Arising Among U.S. Youth"
  4. ^ National Geographic - "Profile of the New American Skinheads"
  5. ^ Brown, Timothy S. (2004). "Subcultures, pop music and politics: skinheads and "Nazi rock" in England and Germany". Journal of Social History. 
  6. ^ Old Skool Jim. Trojan Skinhead Reggae Box Set liner notes. London: Trojan Records. TJETD169. 
  7. ^ a b Marshall, George (1991). Spirit of '69 - A Skinhead Bible. Dunoon, Scotland: S.T. Publishing. ISBN 1-898927-10-3. 
  8. ^ Special Articles
  9. ^ Skinhead History - the Tilbury Trojan Skins
  10. ^ Monty Q&A
  11. ^ 2 Tone Records
  12. ^ skinhead clothing and skinhead fashion
  13. ^ www.garry-bushell.co.uk - Oi! – The Truth by Garry Bushell
  14. ^ Southern Poverty Law Center - Hammerskin Nation
  15. ^ Phyllis B. Gerstenfeld, Diana Ruth Grant, "Crimes of hate - Chapter:Target recruitment of Nazi Skinheads" - p. 217, 218.
  16. ^ Betty A. Dobratz, Stephanie L. Shanks-Meile, "The white separatist movement in the United States" - p. 69, 70.
  17. ^ The New York Times http://partners.nytimes.com/library/national/race/061388race-ra.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ Encyclopedia of Gangs 2007
  19. ^ Southern Poverty Law Center - "Skinhead Style is Back"
  20. ^ BBC News - "Under the skin"
  21. ^ Paterson, Tony (2006-03-22). "Lonsdale faces ban over 'neo-Nazi associations'". The Independent (London). 
  22. ^ "Branded youths". Daily News. 7 February 2005. Retrieved 2010-01-05.
  23. ^ "Ex-soldier, jailed for racial killings". archive.armytimes.com. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  24. ^ "Ex-G.I. at Fort Bragg Is Convicted in Killing of 2 Blacks". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  25. ^ "Three white soldiers charged in killings of black couple". cnn.com. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  26. ^ "Another Soldier Convicted in Race-Based Killings". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 


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