Neo-Nazi Hate Music: A Guide
Posted: November 4, 2004
In the United States, racist songs praising the Ku Klux Klan or promoting segregation have existed for many years. But starting in the 1970s, a new phenomenon emerged: the creation of an entire genre of music predicated on racism.
Today, hate music plays a central role in the white supremacist movement in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere. It is key to many aspects of the neo-Nazi world, but is especially important in three areas:
- It is one of the most significant ways neo-Nazis attempt to attract young people into their movement; this source of recruitment is possibly the most important factor in the ability of neo-Nazi groups to expand or even maintain their membership.
- Second, hate music has become an important source of income for white supremacists. Several prominent white supremacist groups in the U.S. receive a substantial amount or even a majority of their funding from distributing hate music, promoting hate music concerts, and selling accessories and clothing. A significant portion of these materials are distributed in Europe, even in countries where they may be illegal.
- Third, and perhaps most importantly, hate music has been instrumental in the formation of a white supremacist subculture. In the 1960s, neo-Nazis such as George Lincoln Rockwell had little to offer followers except extreme rhetoric. In the 21st century, however, white supremacists around the world are linked not only by shared ideas, but by shared customs, fashions, and most crucially, music. Hate music helps bring haters together into a shared community.