Beyond Hate: White Power and Popular Culture (The Cultural Politics of Media and Popular Culture)

Beyond Hate: White Power and Popular Culture (The Cultural Politics of Media and Popular Culture)

C. Richard King, David J. Leonard

Language: English

Pages: 188

ISBN: 1472427491

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Beyond Hate: White Power and Popular Culture (The Cultural Politics of Media and Popular Culture)

C. Richard King, David J. Leonard

Language: English

Pages: 188

ISBN: 1472427491

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Beyond Hate offers a critical ethnography of the virtual communities established and discursive networks activated through the online engagements of white separatists, white nationalists, and white supremacists with various popular cultural texts, including movies, music, television, sport, video games, and kitsch. Outlining the ways in which advocates of white power interpret popular cultural forms, and probing the emergent spaces of white power popular culture, it examines the paradoxical relationship that advocates of white supremacy have with popular culture, as they finding it to be an irresistible and repugnant reflection of social decay rooted in multiculturalism. Drawing on a range of new media sources, including websites, chat rooms, blogs and forums, this book explores the concerns expressed by advocates of white power, with regard to racial hierarchy and social order, the crisis of traditional American values, the perpetuation of liberal, feminist, elitist ideas, the degradation of the family and the fetishization of black men. What emerges is an understanding of the instruments of power in white supremacist discourses, in which a series of connections are drawn between popular culture, multiculturalism, sexual politics and state functions, all of which are seen to be working against white men. A richly illustrated study of the intersections of white power and popular culture in the contemporary U.S., and the use of use cyberspace by white supremacists as an imagined site of resistance, Beyond Hate will appeal to scholars of sociology and cultural studies with interests in race and ethnicity, popular culture and the discourses of the extreme right.

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as the audience identify with Derek and come to embrace him in the end, his character allows them to distance themselves from racism and call into question policies intent to combat the lingering legacies of white supremacy.19 Following Paul Smith, American History X exemplifies racial thinking in post-civil-rights America, a worldview in which “the epiphenomenal features of racism have evolved in such a way that a central fact of contemporary racism is bound to deny itself.”20 White power,

After all, the latter centers on hate, a coming race war, and imperiled whiteness— themes rarely found in the pop charts, not to mention polite conversation. Such a rendering would, however, misconstrue the contours of mainstream music and its entanglements with race and racism. We do not have room for a detailed history, offering in its place three fragments toward an impressionistic portrait.40 Writing in the late 1970s, musician and critic Lester Bangs offered a scathing assessment of the

be put back in “their place”—by force if necessary.20 Discussion of Save the Last Dance, a film that explores interracial dating and the conflicts that arise, albeit within the black community, when individuals step across racial lines sexually, offers a good example of the perceived threat of 15  Ibid.: 90. 16  Ibid.: 105. 17  Ferber (2007: 18); see also Ferber (1998), Perry (2004), Swain (2002). 18  Ferber (1998). 19  Perry (2004: 88). 20  Ibid.: 88–89. 70 Racing Hollywood interracial

rhetorics of hate toward an understanding of instruments of power within white supremacist discourses and practices. 3  ZookeeperZ, available online at www.stormfront.org, December 1, 2003. 4 Johnny yuma, available online at http://vnnforum.com/archive/index. php/t-2108.html, February 1, 2004. 91 beyond hate We unpack this content and significance of the white power obsession with sports. After outlining the underlying ways in which discussions around sport animate white supremacist theories

card—and political 52  theBlondbeast23, available online at www.stormfront.org, September 9, 2003. 53  Shane Altman, available online at www.stormfront.org, May 2, 2004. 54  hotashley, available online at www.stormfront.org, May 7, 2004. 55  Duke (n.d.). 106 Hating the Playa correctness would result in integration and the eventual dominance of blacks. “Golf was called racist before the Tiger Woods day. Anything that blacks aren’t good in is called racist. Black really should be good car

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