But WJW Channel 8 wanted to get the other side of the story. Instead of contacting hometown resident Erich Gliebe, who still heads up Resistance Records, they decided to contact the most publicly prominent white power group in the country -- the National Socialist Movement. And Jeff Schoep responded, saying that they don't like to use the word "hate" because they see themselves as civil rights activists. Here's the section where Schoep is quoted at length:
Commander Schoep doesn’t see a connection between the songs produced by the National Socialist Movement record label and any acts of violence.
“Obviously there have been certain members who have done certain things but you’re gonna have that in any political group,” said Schoep.
And when asked about the blood-thirsty lyrics and racial epithets used in many of the songs he said, “Yes there are some violent lyrics in some of the music, but with the artists you have to have freedom of expression.”
He says the songs are no more aggressive than those performed by some rap artists.
“Sure it can make people uncomfortable, maybe it should make people uncomfortable. There’s a lot of boiling anger and rage in the white community, especially young white guys,” said Schoep.
But Channel 8 decided to limit the story to the effects of white power music alone, and neglected to report on the effects of mostly-black hip-hop music, despite the bloody trail of dead rappers left in its wake. Hardly a month goes by in which some black rap artist doesn't get shot somewhere. When's the last time you've heard of any white power musician getting shot at a concert? The dichotomy was picked up by a couple of people who posted comments to the story:
Brian Reinhardt 10 hours ago:
There are literally dozens of rap "kill whitey" songs by black "artists" like Onyx, Gravediggaz, Wu-Tang Clan, Sunz of Man, Da Lench Mob, RBX, Ice Cube, Killarmy, Ol Dirty Bast***, Brand Nubian, Menace Clan, Dr Dre and others and we're doing a story about "white hate music"?
Let's be EQUAL and do a story about HATE MUSIC BY ALL.
Then and only then will it be seen as relevant and non-discriminatory.
SusanL14 hours ago:
Ok. Now let's review the promoted hate and violence that's spewed out in rap music.
Citing Arno Michaelis' activities back in 1992 is a bit disingenuous; that was 20 years ago, and the white nationalist movement has cleaned up its act somewhat since that time. WJW missed a golden opportunity to make a more recent comparison, and to include the effects of rap music in that comparison as well. But at least they did contact somebody from our side.