Thursday, November 22, 2007

The Story Behind National Geographic Channel's "Inside American Skinheads"

Special Note: I had previously presented the entire recent National Geographic special, "Inside American Skinheads", divided into five videos. Each video contained a segment lasting 9-10 minutes in length. However, I have just learned that all five videos have been removed from YouTube and are no longer available. Sorry. So on January 22nd, 2008, I have substituted the YouTube preview video of the show, which is still available. I've also retitled this post.

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 by Maryland Skinheads 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.

Also presented during this special was Volksfront, the Anti-Defamation League, and Phoenix Detective Matt Downing, now operating above ground, who as an undercover detective infiltrated the skinhead movement so successfully that he was a National Alliance unit leader at one time. Surprisingly, there was no SPLC input to this documentary (not that I'm complaining, mind you). While the documentary tends to be skewed towards the "anti" point of view, and focuses excessively on the "fringe", it strives to be factual.

Of course, this documentary was intended to be an expose primarily of skinheads, who are predominantly the younger set. But there are just as many more mainstream folk involved in the white nationalist movement, ranging from racial populists like Jared Taylor, who believes Jews who appear white can be accepted as white, to Dr. David Duke, the only current white nationalist to have been elected to public office, to Alex Linder, a former writer for American Spectator who operates the Vanguard News Network, to Don Black, who operates Stormfront, the world's largest white nationalist venue, and to others like the ANSWP's Bill White. No documentary of the movement as a whole could be complete with a discussion of these personalities and their accomplishments. Then there are the pro-white movements in other historically white nations.

I was not able to find an alternate source for the five YouTube videos encompassng the entire show. Here is the YouTube video showing a preview of "American Skinheads".

Additional discussion of this series available at Stormfront.


Anonymous said...

american skinheads? where are they? it would sure be nice to see some of them on the streets of "our" niggardly cities. but, no, just another jew-media wet dream without any basis in reality.

Anonymous said...

the "renouncement of violence" is a lie! these "skinheads" are nothing more than white niggers.

Anonymous said...

thank God for people like this.....white affirmative action...amen

Anonymous said...


Skinheads: Freddy Howell, who has a number of tattoos, himself, has offered
advice to "get rid of the tattoos." He said that "Skinheads who defile their bodies
with tattoos look too odd. People will accept you and listen to you. Otherwise, people will
steer clear. That's human nature. Impress people as being clean-cut and credible."

Martin Cox: This has got to be the craziest thing I've ever heard. You
don't like me because of the way I look. Police, FBI, probation or parole are
the ones who dictate how you have to "fit in" with your surroundings. I have a lot of
friends that have proudly given their lives, but you are the main reason we have so
many problems in the first place.

Skinheads: No one said anything about disliking you. The point was that things which
tend to give Skinheads a bad name, create the image of "losers" among the public and
contribute to ineffective activity which drives others away or get people needlessly
busted should be opposed. In fact, we strongly oppose the appearance of those who
call themselves "Skinheads," when, in fact, the image is more of hippies, African
bushmen, "rappers" or some sort of "grunge" characters. This is not related
to how someone dresses, but to facial hair, goatees, tattoos, body-piercing
and general, slovenly personal-appearance. Of course, wearing chains and
necklaces is more the "rapper" than the Skinhead style, too.
A Skinhead has a clean-cut, militant and masculine appearance. He is,
also, ultra-nationalistic (not leaning toward anything foreign or alien).
Anything else just does not belong. It is not so much a desire to "fit in," as
you say, because we definitely do stand out, wearing boots, pins, patches,
flights, braces and, of course, a skinned head. It is more a desire to
see our stance respected and picked up on by others, who can play
a role in social-activism, themselves.

Not sure what you mean by people "giving their lives." If you mean that
someone has given his life so that Skinhead wanna-bees can wear necklaces,
get fat and sloppy, pierce their bodies like Watusis and present a Leninist,
hippy or African image before the public, I'd like to know who such a person
would be. Certainly not Chad Huber, Michael Westerman, Alan Coey, L. D. Smith
and others who have, indeed, given their lives in the cause.
Why are we the "problem"? We are the only Skinheads to have ever won in
the United States Supreme Court and we are a large and growing force.
If you would like to meet with us or any of our people, we'd be happy
to explore the possibilities. Our aim is, frankly, to win this
fight, save our country and advance our blood. Hopefully, you have some desire to
succeed in some way, perhaps in social-activism, yourself.

Cox: I have facial hair and tattoos. I felt it as a personal attack on myself and
my friends. Those who have given their lives for us are Ian Stuart (tattoos),
Joe Rowan (facial hair, tattoos), Eric Banks (tattoos), Adolf Hitler (facial
hair) and Robert Matthews (long hair). You say that you won in the Supreme
Court? I don't care anything about that. You are a fool. Why use a system
that is out to kill you? What I meant by "problem" is that you sit there and
run your mouth, but really know nothing. You are starting more problems
than solving.

Skinheads: Here is an assessment of you by United Skins. "Those wacky
California guys act more like M-TV 'gangsta' rappers than honorable Skinheads.
They brought their gang mentality, as well as their dime-bags, with 'em." We
agree with United Skins. There is no place for this kind of stuff. We
can overlook mistakes of the past, but will not let the future get out
of our hands.

Cox: So, if it said by United Skins, it must be true? This is [deleted] gay.

Skinheads: I would like to address the facial hair and tattoo thing, that you
say you have. Obviously, we cannot undo what has been done in the past.
And, I am willing to say that if someone has sincerely maimed his body
or debased his skin under the impression that he was doing so for our
cause, we will respect that. And, no, no one will "hate" or "attack"
you for it. Just keep it in the past.
Ian Stuart did not "give his life" for tattoos. He died in a tragic
car accident. He had some tattoos, but had moved away from that
"scene" and was moving more toward Nationalism when his life was
cut short. He had gone through various "phases" in his career, but
had even adopted our symbol, near the end.
Joe Rowan was a disciple of the infamous George Burdi, the
Satan-worshiper, who is now living with his East-Indian concubine,
denouncing Skinheads and trying to perform with a band made up of
Jews, homosexuals and Negroes. We have denounced the Burdi types
and will continue to do so. Rowan was, also, in league with David
and Bryan Freeman, the so-called Skinheads (goatees, bearded) who
killed their parents in Pennsylvania. Not to question Rowan's sincerity,
but he just was wrong in his approach. Wish we had gotten to him earlier.

Don't know a lot about Banks, except that he was killed
fighting SHARP and we applaud and honor him for that. Shane Wood,
the organizer of our Colorado rally, had tattoos, also, and, sure,
we worked with him. And we will work with any others who are genuine
and sincere, but we will not endorse or propagate African, Bushman
or Aboriginal appearance or conduct and neither should you.
Hitler? What would that have to do with anything? This is
America and we are Americans. Get used to it. Matthews? A
criminal, arsonist, bank-robber and murderer? Well, if you want
to end up like him, that's your business. We think we can do
better, however, as well as be winners, not losers. I do notice
that many who fancy Matthews (Alex Curtis, Todd VanBiber, Benjamin
Smith, Eric Hanson, Larry Shumake, etc.) have wound up in jail,
maimed for life or dead, for no good reason.

You ask, "Why use the system that is out to kill you?" Good point,
but it appears that the tactics you like (Matthews, etc.) wind
up killing more people. In fact, no one in our organization has
been convicted of anything, though many have been charged and
freed or acquitted. Point is, if we did not use the system
to win, I would say, sure, who cares? But, since we do, unless
you just want to be a cultist or perennial outsider, you ought to
see the need to take power in this country and make change.
Protest is one thing, but power is the ultimate goal.
Somewhere along the way you seem to have been attracted to someone,
the way some were attracted to the Beatles or Elvis, I suppose. Or,
maybe you like the "bad-boy" image seen on "made-for-TV" movies.
You might want to consider what changes, if any, could make you more
effective. Unless, that is, you want only to be a big frog on some
little lily pad. I know the temptation, but we have to resist that.
It is a big, big world out there, with many opportunities and many
to recruit and organize.

Again, you speak of "problems." We have been setting up meetings
and conferences with the like-minded (and even some who are not
particularly like-minded) to advance our cause. If you are interested
in taking part, we'd be happy to consider you. As for "long-hairs,"
well, we reject and abhor them, entirely. As the Bible says, "It
is a shame for a man to have long hair, but it is a glory to a woman."
Our enemies try to "use" some "on our side" for their own ends. They
even have been caught financing music which glorifies Satan and
atheism and gets people busted for violence. Think it over. A
Skinhead means purity, not degeneracy. We need leaders, not loners,
examples, not misfits.
Genuine Skinheads get plenty of publicity, without imitating
Bon Jovi, Two-Pack or M-TV. If you have some positive comments
you'd like to write for our publications (or some positive stuff you
have done or would like to do, or some changes you might consider
making), send them in. We get about 10,000 hits a day and have a
good readership. By the way, you state that United Skins is homosexual.
Do you have any documentation or evidence to back this up?

Cox: I never called anyone a homosexual. You just make trouble where
it is not needed. Obviously, you have no idea what it really is like
here. No need to "consider" me. I don't need to be "considered" for
anything. My name speaks for itself. I am tattooed and goateed. How
dare you speak against Joe Rowan and Robert Matthews. Shame on you.

Skinheads: Well, we seem to be getting nowhere, but at least I have
tried. When I quoted to you what United Skins had said about so-called
Skinhead wanna-bees, you said, "This is [deleted] gay." Sounds like you
were accusing United Skins of being homosexual, but, since you have
clarified that that is not what you intended, I will accept your retraction.

As to "no idea of what it is really like here," we have people visiting
Orange County frequently and those from Orange County often come here. We
have conducted events all over California and still are building and
expanding. We maintain good relations and contacts there, although,
admittedly, there are many who just come-and-go (but that is not a
problem confined to Orange County). A number from Orange County attended
our rally against Wetbacks. My hope would be to work the "flavor" of Orange
County into the activism of the nation, as a whole. I recall how unfamiliar
many there were with what goes on elsewhere and vice versa. That
was why we invited you to consider submitting material to us.
As for your name speaking for itself, it is nice to have a reputation.
However, a "cause" is more important than any individual.

We need to be publishing, broadcasting, making music, getting people
into office and positions of influence and becoming widely known. We,
must, also, be molding public opinion in our direction. You tend to
characterize leadership on issues and tactics as a personal attack. This
is neither good logic nor reasoning. As for Rowan, he took a wrong
turn by getting involved with Burdi (a Bulgarian gypsy from Canada).
No apologies for making that statement. As for Matthews, I feel no
"shame" for telling people to stay away from lawlessness, murder,
bank-robbery, arson and mayhem. I would feel ashamed, however,
of anyone who gave people such advice, the way Mark Thomas did,
and then watched as the ones he led in the wrong direction were
led off to jail.

How dare you get people killed, maimed, defaced, mocked and
rendered useless? We are the sons of gladiators, Vikings, Crusaders
and pioneers, not Michael Jackson, Eminem, Snoop Doggy Dog and
Little Richard. Keep that in mind should you try to look like --
or hang out with -- the likes of them.
Shame on you for perpetuating the ADL-stereotype that Skinheads
are just some sort of no-good cult, with no purpose, sense or
hope of success. It is just the opposite. Skinheads are very
idealistic, honorable and high-minded. Sometimes, some have become
desperate, when conditions get desperate. Almost all are
rebellious, in some manner. But, when we remedy the injustices
around us, there will no longer be the need for desperate measures.
Only a clean, free, wholesome, upright and pure nation.
Copyright 2008 Skinheadz