Report Summary
Commercializing Hate
Looking for Young Recruits

Full Report
Introduction
Hate-for-Profit
Vicious Vocals
Under Investigation
New Owner: Willis Carto of the Liberty Lobby
National Alliance Takes Charge
Reviving the Label
Destination Unknown

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Deafening Hate
The Revival of Resistance Records
Introduction

In 1993, in the suburban Windsor, Ontario, bedroom of a 23-year-old neo-Nazi skinhead1 named George Burdi,

"Kill all the niggers and you gas all the jews
Kill a gypsy and a coloured too
You just killed a kike
Don't it feel right
Goodness gracious, darn right"

-- From the hate rock song "Third Reich" by RaHoWa"


Resistance Records was born. Initially a fledgling, one-man hate-music distribution operation with a handful of album titles, the small company grew quickly into the number one distributor of skinhead music2 in the United States.

In 1997, Resistance Records was temporarily brought to its knees by both an American tax dispute and Canadian prosecution for distributing materials that promote hatred. But in 1998, Willis A. Carto, the anti-Semitic leader of Liberty Lobby, and his partner, Todd Blodgett, acquired the business and revived it. By the next year, however, Resistance changed hands again, this time purchased by William Pierce, founder and head of the anti-Semitic National Alliance and author of 1978's The Turner Diaries, the white power revolutionary blueprint thought to have inspired the Oklahoma City bombing.

With Resistance Records forging ahead as arguably the most lucrative hate enterprise in the country, old-school racists are viewing violent skinhead culture in a new light. As hate rock bands merge into the mainstream heavy metal music arena, white supremacist leaders are coming to see the music as the most powerful recruiting tool to hit their movement in decades.

Next: Hate-for-Profit


1 Neo-Nazi skinheads' views are very much a mixed bag. Some believe in orthodox Nazi ideology, parroting the rhetoric of Hitler and his propagandists. Others adhere to a mixture of racism, populism, ethnocentrism and ultranationalist chauvinism, along with a hodgepodge of Nazi-like attitudes. There is thus a range of views that can fit comfortably within what we are calling the neo-Nazi skinhead movement.

2 Not all skinheads with shaved heads or closely cropped hair are neo-Nazis. There are many young people across the globe who call themselves skinheads and eschew bigotry (some are actively anti-racist). They may look the same as their racist counterparts ­­ without the Nazi insignia ­­ and follow many of the same fashions, including a taste for "oi" music, beer and violence. Indeed, both types of skinheads have even been known to attack each other. The terms "skinhead" and "skinhead music," when used in this report, refer to the neo-Nazi or racist variety, unless otherwise specified.


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