The recent shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin has brought sudden attention to one of the most underground music scenes in America: hate rock. Wade M. Page, the man who killed six people and wounded three others in a shooting rampage on Sunday, was the front man of a white supremacist band called End Apathy and belonged to another called Definite Hate. In a 2010 interview posted to his record label’s web site, Page—who killed himself at the scene in Wisconsin—said he became involved with the white power music scene beginning in the early 2000s, and that he had occasionally ... Read More
About Randy Blazak
Randy Blazak is an associate professor of sociology at Portland State University, where he has taught since 1995 after earning a PhD. from Emory University. He was a co-founder of Oregon Spotlight, which monitored hate groups in the state of Oregon from 1997 to 2005 and he is the chair of the Oregon Coalition Against Hate Crimes. He has published his research on youth and hate in journals and books, including his text with Wayne S. Wooden, entitled Renegade Kids, Suburban Outlaws: From Youth Culture to Delinquency and a 2009 book, Hate Offenders. His most recent work, “Isn't Every Crime a Hate Crime? The Case for Hate Crime Laws,” appears in spring 2011 issue of Sociology Compass.