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Hate Rock Music Fuels Racism Under The Radar

08/10/2012 06:52 pm ET | Updated Oct 10, 2012
  • Brian Levin, J.D. Director, Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, California State University

Activist or terrorist depends which side you're on
Defend against the invader, this war will greet your son
Hey you gotta go, not your home anymore
If you don't move quietly you'll be forced to war

-- Youngland, Wade Page's first band

Music can change the world because it can change people," U2 lead singer Bono once quipped.
One person that music transformed for the worse was hate rock musician Wade Michael Page, who murdered six Sikh worshippers before shooting himself in the head in Oak Creek, Wis., last Sunday. Before undertaking one of the nation's deadliest hate-killing sprees in recent history, Page was a background fixture in the violent and secretive world of hate rock in Southern California.

Though not well known outside a small group of listeners and researchers, hate rock has been a key force in the radicalization of young recruits -- and one of the few legal sources of revenue to hard-core haters...

For A Video Discussion on the Topic from the Los Angeles Times click below