Re: virus: Re: virus-digest V3 #108

Richard Aynesworthy (
Thu, 22 Apr 1999 21:24:04 -0400 (EDT)

oi (racial hate music)

...just to clarify, Oi! is not racial hate music, Oi! Started with
bands like Sham 69 and Blitz which brought about a fusion of punk rock and the sort of rockabilly sensibility present in the British teddyboy scene.
...but as an example of a pernicious meme, the co-option of skinhead
culture (which evolved out of multiracial interactions between mostlywhite british working class youth and rude-boys (jamaican, working class immigrants) and grew out of the first wave of ska music brought to the UK with Jamaican immigrants.
...this co-option originated with the British National Front (which
has always utilized the poverty and frustration of the working class to further its specifically racist ends) as it recognized the potential for recruitment with a nationalistic working class youth culture. The sterootyped association between skinhead culture (which is a valid expression of a distinct cultural style and class awareness) and bonehead culture (which is a particular image fostered by white-supremist hate groups because of its hard edges and intimidation factor) and further propagated by thinly disguised propaganda films like Romper Stomper (australia) and American History X (U.S.)

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