White Power Music Company Targets Schools With Hate CDs; ADL Alerts Educators To Threat
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New York, NY, September 27, 2004 … In an effort to attract young people to the music and ideology of neo-Nazi bands, a hate music company with links to dangerous neo-Nazi and skinhead groups plans to distribute 100,000 "sampler CDs" at schools across the United States in the coming weeks.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which tracks the activities of extremists and reports its findings to law enforcement and the public, has been alerting school districts across the country to the planned CD distribution effort, dubbed "Project Schoolyard" by its organizers.
Spearheaded by Panzerfaust Records, a neo-Nazi music label based in Newport, Minnesota, the distribution campaign will target schools with sampler CDs of songs by various white power bands whose music is filled with racist and anti-Semitic themes. The record company plans to draw on a network of "volunteers" from various white supremacist groups to help distribute the CDs at schools across the country. The target audience, according to Panzerfaust, is middle and high school children ages 13 to 19.
"Once again, the hate groups are finding ways to repackage their old-fashioned hatred and anti-Semitism into new, more deceptively attractive forms that can appeal to a younger audience," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Instead of handing out leaflets on street corners, they are creating video games and CDs and Web sites whose aim is to attract children by at first concealing their real agenda and message."
Since first learning of the campaign several weeks ago, ADL has been working to notify school officials of the Panzerfaust campaign. In addition, ADL has published on its Web site visuals and information on hate music and an "Educator Alert" to help school officials, parents and caregivers better identify the symbols and warning signs commonly associated with hate music.
"Panzerfaust has intentionally designed its CDs to lure unsuspecting teens with a free giveaway that has the appearance of being just another free compilation of cutting edge music," said Mr. Foxman. "In reality it is a thinly veiled attempt to attract kids to hateful, racist music and white power bands."
In a bulletin to national school officials, ADL explained the campaign's goals: "Panzerfaust hopes to use the hard-driving music to recruit youth to its racist and anti-Semitic ideology, and plans to make the CD readily available on its Web site for just 15 cents, so that white supremacist groups can easily purchase large quantities to hand out to kids. In hopes of disguising the content of the CD, Panzerfaust points out that it has been designed "to be …inconspicuous and not overtly racial… so that it will be able to fly below the radar screen of teachers and other people…."
Panzerfaust, which has grown considerably in the last few years, offers for sale CDs from hundreds of hate music bands from the U.S. and abroad. The company is largely run by former members of the virulently anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi National Alliance and now competes with the Alliance's own hate music company, Resistance Records, once the most successful such business in the country.
The Panzerfaust CD distribution was modeled after a project begun by neo-Nazis in Germany, also dubbed "Project Schoolyard," which was thwarted earlier this year after German authorities learned of the plan and confiscated the CDs. While protected by the First Amendment in the U.S., the dissemination of racist and anti-Semitic materials is illegal in Germany.
Panzerfaust has announced the tracks it plans to include on the CD, which includes music from some of the most popular and virulently racist and anti-Semitic white power bands. Tracks on the CD:*
1. Bound for Glory: "Tornado"
2. H8Machine: "Wrecking Ball"
3. Max Resist: "Ballad of Johnny Rebel"
4. Bound for Glory: "Hate Train Rolling"
5. Brutal Attack: "Under the Hammer"
6. Final War: "Tales of Honor"
7. Bound for Glory: "Teutonic Uprise"
8. Before God: "The Last Line of Defense"
9. Youngland: "Waitin' for the Ride"
10. Midtown Boot Boys: "White Kids"
11. Max Resist: "Ghost"
12. Fortress: "Commie Scum"
13. Rebel Hell: "Thirst for Conquest"
14. Bully Boys: "Jig Run"
15. Youngland: "American Justice"
16. Final War: "The Nationalist"
17. Day of the Sword: "White Supremacy"
18. Aggressive Force: "Might is Right"
19. Fortress: "Parasite"
20. Skrewdriver: "The Snow Fell"
*Source: Panzerfaust Web site
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