You can take white supremacy out of the news, but you can’t take the white trash out of America. Neo-nazis have been active and recruiting in America since the 1980s, and they are back in the news for some interesting reasons. We suspect that it may be because the most recent ‘neo-nazi’ killings have been perpetrated against America’s new favorite enemy, Muslims. The increased awareness of the neo-nazi subculture has however cast new light on the music scenes and recruiting methods they use.
What we’re seeing in the news is just the many tips of some weirdly-shaped iceberg. The most recent manifestation takes us to Wisconsin, where an incredibly blunt gunman mistook a Sikh temple for a Muslim mosque. Moronic to the point of palm-face resignation, this misunderstanding follows an established pattern of violence against Sikhs mistaken for Muslims after 9/11. But this story has a nugget in the pocket, so to speak: Wade Michael Page was the proud member of a Neo-Nazi skinhead band called ‘End Apathy,’ had ties to the Northern Hammerskin network, and even performed at Hammerfest, the “Gathering of the Juggalos” of the Nazi skinhead community.
Some quick glances around the web bring us to this interview, where Page talks a lot and says very little, except maybe that he has some weird sexual undercurrent thing going on: “Life has been degraded by being submissive to tyranny [...] it requires discipline, strict discipline to stay the course in our sick society.”
What we get from this is the casual interplay of submission and control; Page’s disgust with submission mingles with his overt desire to submit to some disciplining, authoritarian patriarch.
Contrived pseudo-psychology aside, let’s take a look at his crowd: that festival Hammerfest is held every year in a renovated Welsh concentration camp (really), in the particularly-Aryan month of February, and it’s indoors. This is perhaps one of the most interesting things about this particularly vile subculture: white supremacist skinheads meet indoors in dreary months when no one would bother to look for them anyway. Despite these austere conditions, this shit sells out all of it’s whopping 4,000 seats every year.