Purity combating pollution
Right makes white
A day in the life of a Skinhead is hard enough, fighting Communists, homosexuals, anarchists, minorities, aliens and the general crud of society, but having to tackle the "grunge," as well, is as daunting a task as ever there was. Skinheads are sometimes referred to and sometimes refer to themselves as Aryans, a German-term for the superlative man, epitome of genetic perfection and Superman of all the ages. Arno Brecker carved magnificent frescoes of Aryan Man during the Forties, carrying on the features, spirit and vision from Apollo Belvedere through the Minuteman. In America, however, the terms Nordic, Anglo-Saxon, All-American or simply White have been more prevalent, used to perpetuate the semblance of the most heroic, uplifted and eternal.
To those who practiced Aryan Thought, "purity" was uppermost. Many were vegetarians, practiced Eugenics, the science of producing more-fit offspring, and shunned alcohol. Stout bodies, clean-cut faces, brotherhood and a sense of destiny were Aryan hallmarks. Brecker's most-famous sculpture is named, Comradeship, featuring a fearsome youth defending his fallen kinsman. It was not simply White Makes Right, but, also, Right Makes White. It is no wonder that Skinheads appeared on the scene as a throwback to images of Greek and Roman deities or farmers and soldiers of the American Revolution. They symbolized the brightest, best and most-hopeful of their day, rising, from nowhere, much as Andrew Jackson did, in becoming champion of the common people.
In fact, the Indian-Fighter of his day was reflected in the Paki-Basher of our own day. Some individuals became caught up in a kind of "survivalism," nicknamed the Aryan Brotherhood, which was largely a prison gang maintaining a semblance of self-defense and comradeship under the most trying of conditions. However, prison-life and criminal-tendencies began to leech into social-activism, outside prison walls. Some concluded that to combat the foe they had to take on the most "fearsome" demeanor and "unappealing" countenance possible, replete with beards, tattoos, "motorcycle" look and, eventually, drug-dealing and murder. The news media was quick to brand as "white-supremacists" anyone who professed being for white, Nordic or American ethnicity but who wound up jailed for bank-robbery, murder or arson.
It cannot be overlooked that a decadent society leads to more and more decadence. Some might suggest that even if certain individuals were "anti-social," they were simply a product of the times and, at least, were "on our side." That approach had undercut the "purity" and "uplifted" stance, which those who initially used the term Aryan had in mind. In fact, when Lee Heyen appeared in court in Utah, after having been sent to prison for conspiracy to kidnap, murder and traffic drugs, he donned facial hair and SAC for Soldiers of Aryan Culture tattooed on his forehead. His confederate, Mark Snarr, appeared with a lengthy, Ho-Chi-Minh-type goatee. Ten other members of SAC, Tracy Swena, John McGee, Steve Swena, David Fink, Mike Main, Lance Vanderstappen, Jason Bates, Andrew Beck, Dennis Judd and Jeff Schirado, were denied mail and visitors, as a result of threats made against prosecutors.
Spirit of defiance
They cursed the judge, fought bailiffs and defied the court, in behalf of what they called Aryanism. And, none "ratted" on the others. The spirit of defiance is a venerable attribute of Skinheads. But, would the likeness of Heyen be placed beside the works of Brecker? Would a statue of Snarr ever stand beside the Minuteman? All of those serving time had been convicted of "conspiracy," meaning that they had combined together in a criminal-enterprise. What some prison-officials have opted for, as a result, is to accuse any inmate that becomes a Skinhead of "automatically" being a "gangster" or "conspirator." The ploy is to weaken Skinhead spirit and solidarity among those where it is often the most keen. However, the way to disassociate from any would-be conspiracy is to openly and forcefully repudiate it.
Skinheads have made it plain that they do not condone and are not associated with Soldiers of Aryan Culture on the grounds that the practitioners are not Aryan, are not carrying on "culture" and, while they may be "soldiers," are not part of the Skinhead Army. Some have related that those who are compelled to "fight with what is at their disposal" should be respected and that the tattooed, "grunge" motif should be accepted. One self-proclaimed Colorado Skinhead even laughed that he was re-arrested, while in jail, for smoking marijuana. Those who laughed with him eventually drew long prison-terms for drug-offenses, wholly unrelated to the Skinhead cause. Some who say that the judge deserved to be cursed, oppression needed to be taken to task and a mighty shout needed to be heard might regard Heyen and Snarr as a version of Robin Hood or Jesse James.
They might be correct, were it not for the "excess baggage" of loathsome conduct and vile display which went with it. Aryan is, in essence, a foreign term, which, while suggesting vaunted to some, comes across as alien to others. Jason Powell, who used Aryan Brotherhood, wound up in jail for murder. Glenn Brown killed a minority in a "road-rage" incident and his Aryan Circle was disbanded. The Aryan Congregation folded when Will Massey went to jail for bombing a minority. The Aryan Defense League went under when Bill Riccio was busted for weapons and his associate, Bill Handley, for Sodomy. The Aryan Nations went bankrupt when Richard Butler lost a lawsuit for the criminal conspiracy of his confederates.
When Chevie Kehoe went to prison for murder, his Aryan Peoples Republic became defunct. And, when Kevin McCarthy went on a spree of bank robberies to support his Aryan Republican Army, he was jailed and his outfit shut down. Many Skinheads, such as James Allen, have traced their roots to the campfires at Valley Forge. Some, like Jason Patterson, see themselves as carrying on for the Hungarian freedom-fighters, who pushed back Soviet hordes in the snows of World War II. Others, like Travis Golie, see Skinheads as a brand-new phenomenon, unique, sturdy and knowing, in their own way.
Skinheads say that they fight for their blood, embracing all those in Nordic lands, although some focus on advancing individual nations, while others work for a mighty, trans-continental homeland. But, there is unanimity that Nordic Man cannot and must not be debased to the level of some hippy, Bushman or "wigger." The Utah affair points up challenges to be met, a house to "clean-up" and ranks to be policed. The adage, "Go and sin no more," applies, in that those who become worthy of being Skinheads, who pick themselves up after having fallen, may rejoin the march, at some point. But, those who tarnish their names, as well as the cause, without polishing up their honor and taking the higher road, are bygone, "for we never knew you."
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