Democracy Now: New Details Emerge on Wisconsin Shooter’s White Supremacist Past

A researcher who closely studied Wade Michael Page while researching hate music in Southern California several years ago has provided new details about the shooter’s background. In an interview published on Huffington Post, University of Nebraska at Omaha Criminology Professor Pete Simi said Page had a drinking problem and often struggled to get to work and pay his share of rent and food. He emphasized the importance of music in Page’s life, describing him as an “independent neo-Nazi skinhead who saw his musical involvement as his main form of activism.” In an email exchange with the shooter after the 9/11 attacks, Simi said Page appeared “very angry about Muslims and said something to the effect of America needing to go over to the Middle East and bomb ’em all.” But Simi said Page’s hate rhetoric was generally targeted toward Jewish people and nonwhites, specifically African Americans. Simi says Page’s military service strongly influenced his neo-Nazi identification in part because he saw whites in the army as victims of reverse discrimination. Page reportedly told Simi: “If you don’t go into the military as a racist, you definitely leave as one.”


~ by wheresthemic on August 8, 2012.

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