This is, of course, because skinheads jack up the Nielsens a lot more than the courtly and scholarly Jared Taylor of American Renaissance, the bespectacled, professorial Billy Roper of White Revolution, the politically-savvy Dr. David Duke, or even Alex Linder of the Vanguard News Network. Skinheads have somehow become almost uniquely associated with violence, based on a few highly-publicized malcontents who capture the public eye. Violence sells in America; thanks to media manipulation, Americans respond more to emotion that to reason.
In a post on the NGC Blog, executive producer Mike Sinclair discusses his intentions and objectives in producing this documentary. He starts out by referring to the murder of Randy Townsend by several Tacoma skinheads four years ago, and travels the country in search of answers as to how the skinhead movement has progressed since that time. Among his stops: A concrete bunker in Warsaw, Indiana, a skinhead St. Patrick’s Day celebration, fight training in a small gym in the Baltimore suburbs, the screaming "hate" of a band’s practice session in California. But Sinclair and his crew wanted to get beyond the external appearances of "angry kids with shaved heads on talk shows throwing chairs", and take a hard look at skinhead culture from the inside. To do that they wanted to let the skins explain themselves.
And what did Sinclair find? While a few skinheads, like Orange County, California, musician Martin Cox still defend the use of violence to further the cause, most others call for a fundamental shift in tactics. Leading the way is Tom Metzger of White Aryan Resistance. Today Metzger is calling for skinheads to throw off the traditional symbols of the culture, grow their hair out, cover up their tattoos and assimilate into mainstream society… and wait for the right time to strike. And Sinclair focuses on two crews who are embracing that strategy. The Keystone State Skinheads based in Pennsylvania and the Maryland Skinheads based in Baltimore, are both renouncing violence, and are reinventing their clubs as political organizations. They have their sights squarely set on reaching the mainstream and are using every tool at their disposal to do so. They have toned down the rhetoric and shaped the message to appeal to a larger audience. It seems to be working, using tools like the Internet, and a growing music scene, they are reaching record numbers with their message.
Here is a YouTube video showing a preview of "American Skinheads".
On the aforementioned NGC Blog, several individuals have already told their stories in brief. Here is a representative sampling of comments:
Your generalizations and over reactionary descriptions in this article aside. The White American Nationalist Skinhead is not the threat to our society you make him out to be, nor is he a stupid vulgarian opting for violence first. He is reactionary to his environment and DEFENSIVE in action at this time. The numbers of "White Nationalist Skin" inside the United States are far lower than those of nearly any single nationwide street gang currently. (Although these numbers are growing thanks in part to people growing tired of gays, illegals, social progressives, and liberals destroying the fabric of a society that at one time knew a God, European thought and family tradition, as well as knew its heritage and its value.)
The "acts" of violence which you choose to display as giant in numbers are also very small in size comparatively. When held real comparison, the "acts" against Whites are seven to one in favor of these so called "minority" races and their street gangs that seem to "own" our cities landscapes. Few, (if any at all) Skinheads or their "Crews" generate their monies from drugs, prostitution, robbery, or any other illegal endeavor. These are simply men and women who have had enough and choose to defend their own folk, their cause, and or their ideas against odds that would bring out cowardice in those who would be willing to bend to simple opinions of a liberal culture striving to globalize itself to the level of even breeding its races out of existence.
The Proud White Skinhead IS, has been, and always will be political. He is changing, but only in the way that he WAS the front-line of a losing battle for ground which some of our folk have not seen sliding away yet. They ARE beginning to realize that the cliff edge is closer than they have been told, and the fight might actually be something we cannot avoid. This front-line will be required to stand at that point, but the brotherhood, faith, and heritage preserved until then is not a "camouflage", but simply another duty held by a racialist fighter.
Posted by Lexander Z. November 9, 2007 8:54 PM
I have a suggestion for the contributors and editors of National Geographic, mostly a first-rate periodical: How about writing an article based on the statistical reality of interracial violence, rather than one based on unfounded, politically-biased anxieties of trouble-making groups like the ADL? I can't even remember the last time (if ever there was a first time) I saw a group of White Power advocates hanging around, making life dangerous for nonwhites. If you want me to relate every time in my life when I've seen nonwhites accosting, stealing from, cursing, or otherwise abusing white people, there isn't enough space in this comment box. Fewer people today are fooled by the rhetoric and cliches about white "racists" when they clash so completely with the reality we all experience on a daily basis.
Posted by Eric H. November 9, 2007 11:02 PM
I think it is safe to say that there would be more violence from a visit to your local bar/club on a weekend night as opposed to Skinhead violence....Lets put it into a real world example shall we.....The pitbull family of dogs get a bad reputation from being a very violent and dangerous dog....and some are trained this way no doubt...but out of all the millions of dogs that may bite someone, what are the pitbulls the ones that make the papers...not the other types.
So to put this in line It is safe to say people have fear of the skinhead due to hollywood stereotypes.....A perfect example would be the movie american history x
I think I would be a lot more worried about some of the minority gangs like crips, bloods and MS13
Posted by Dustin November 10, 2007 8:32 AM
Keith from Queens:
I'm a Skinhead and I vote. . . I also have a large and healthy family and am aging into a respectable and powerful member of my community. I still can't fathom how the one sided portrayal of a social movement is acceptable simply because media feel threatened by clothing and haircuts. The rhetoric is no more violent, after all, than most hip-hop and reaches far fewer people. What is the raw number of Skinhead related violent acts per year anyway? Ten? Fifteen? Of those most are scuffles anyway. I guess national geographic is willing to stoop to the same low as CNN and FOX in that they will take innocuous events and activities and hype them into Earth shattering catastrophes. Hey, you wanna know what's really dangerous? The government of CHINA. Worst human rights abuser on the planet, yet America's largest trading partner. Tens of thousands killed every year by their party run communist government, yet you devote time to demonizing guys who are trying to make their lives better. Thanks a lot, but hold the trash.
Posted by Keith from Queens November 11, 2007 6:14 PM
From the comments above, one can see that most skinheads don't go out looking for or initiating trouble. But if trouble comes to them, they don't run from it. They fight back. And why shouldn't they? People start trouble because they think they can get away with it. Many guys will give up their wallets to a punk; many girls likewise will give up their virtue to a rapist. And this reflects advice given by cops themselves; better to give up the cash or the gash than to give up your life.
Skinheads don't see it that way - and neither do many other Americans. Fighting back is always an option. Troublemakers need to know that the coast isn't clear just because the cops aren't around.
But the big driver is race. As a result of the perversion of the civil rights movement, equality got transformed into preference. White politicians began caving in to extortionate demands by self-proclaimed black leaders. This provided a false sense of enpowerment to blacks, which quickly was copied by feminists, Hispanics, and now homosexuals. Blacks didn't just lose their fear of whites - they also lost respect as well.
Skinheads do not necessarily seek to instill fear back into blacks, but they do demand respect and will settle for nothing less. Channon Christian and Emily Haddock, as well as the countless other victims of black-on-white crime, deserve that much, at least