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Giving reasons for the emergence of this group in April 1995 during a speech, Dr. William L. Pierce said,

" ... In America, there was a code of Political Correctness observed by the controlled media and the government. Under this code, non-Whites could do no wrong. Whenever there was a conflict between Whites and non-Whites, the Whites were blamed. Young Whites felt abandoned by their government. With a high unemployment rate, very limited prospects for improvement, and the breakup and destruction of their ancestral communities, they saw no future for themselves. Banding together and adopting a characteristic manner of dress and grooming was their way of asserting themselves and finding an identity. They were young, White, working class, and alienated. They were the original skinheads."

The skinheads' movement came to America because whites were increasingly feeling insecure and helpless because of government's attitude and policies that assumed that Whites were always at fault while non-whites were the victims. This would appear to be a strange case to someone who is not a non-white, but the movement made sense to those who knew what it felt to be abandoned by the government and to be also accused of being wrong. But this doesn't justify the terror that skins wanted to create in their respective area by promoting a racist attitude and by openly showing appreciation for the policies of Nazis.

An interesting development took place when skinhead movement gained momentum in America, while previously they thought of all whites as part of them and would view them as victims of government's policies, they later stated differentiation between the whites of the movement and other whites who were against the skins. They felt that the whites who did not want the success of the movement were enemies and must therefore be treated as one. This gave rise to a crisis when a white Denver police man was killed who was trying to stop the skins as these whites felt that police was an art of the government, a government they hated from the very bottom of their hearts and this hatred had been the very reason this movement took birth. Then there was a case of shooting of a white woman who was trying to help a non-white, these incidents and many other similar tragic activities of the skins made it clear that skins were no longer a group of white innocent workers who wanted their rights but was emerging as a troublemaking body that would stop at nothing.

John Leo wrote in 1988 about his meeting with a skinhead, John Metzger who claimed t "It's not a fad. It's a movement and a reaction against what's going on." Leo further added, "Maybe. But more than anything else, the skinheads are a frightening, pathetic reminder that the U.S. has not solved its racial problems -- and that it is time the subject once more take a prominent place on the national agenda."

Skinheads were a violent subculture whose values were grounded in hatred for everyone who did not posseses the same values as the members of this group. It was a fiorm of cult that regularly created trpuible in the lives of their victims. A monirty group on the other hand is very different. It is a group of people who have similar ethnic bnackground but may not possesses same values and eleifs. Secondly you cannot take membership in a monority group sionceyou are either born into it or not. But that's not the same with a subculture. A subculture is a group that any person with similar values and characteristics as other members can join. Apart from that, another major difference lies in the end of subculture. A subculture can end when its members disperse or the authorities somehow control the group. It is not true for minority groups however. Skinheads was definitely a subculture existing within a dominant white culture and valued an ideology that ran contrary to the ruling mainstream ideology.

REFERENCES:

1)

John Leo, BEHAVIOR: A Chilling Wave of Racism From L.A. To Boston, the skinheads are on the march., Time, 01-25-1988, pp 57

2) Dr. William L. Pierce, Skinheads and the Law -- Free Speech, April 1995, Volume I,…