Monday, August 6, 2012

Wisconsin Shooter Was a Colorado White-Power Musician

Posted By on Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 3:43 PM

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks and combats hate groups, issued a report this morning on Wade Michael Page, the man who murdered six people in a Sikh temple south of Milwaukee Sunday before he was killed by police.

The report listed him as a white-power musician and had links to interviews he had given about his musical projects.

From the report:

In 2010, Page, then the leader of the band End Apathy, gave an interview to the white supremacist website Label 56. He said that when he started the band in 2005, its name reflected his wish to “figure out how to end people’s apathetic ways” and start “moving forward.” “I was willing to point out some of my faults on how I was holding myself back,” Page said. Later, he added, “The inspiration was based on frustration that we have the potential to accomplish so much more as individuals and a society in whole.” He did not discuss violence in the interview.

Page told the website that he had been a part of the white power music scene since 2000, when he left his native Colorado on a motorcycle. He attended white power concerts in Georgia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Colorado. At various times, he said, he also played in the hate-rock bands Youngland (2001-2003), Celtic Warrior, Radikahl, Max Resist, Intimidation One, Aggressive Force and Blue Eyed Devils.

The links are now dead, presumably because the publications don't want to be associated with a mass killer, but here is a link to a Google archive of an interview Page did with Label 56.

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