Skinhead Violence Essay

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Skinhead Violence

When you here the term Skinhead you probably think about young rebels wearing big black boots and Nazi symbols. These happen to be a few trademarks but across the world "Skinhead" refers to a diverse cult of young people. The origin of this cult goes back to the 60's in England, where menacing-looking, shaven-headed and tattooed youths in combat boots began to be seen in the streets. This cult has matured into a large collection of smaller gangs across
33 countries. The ages of members range from 13 to 25 in which half the members are hard-core activists and the rest supporters. This cult is tied into political and other violent and nonviolent groups, suck as the White Aryan
Resistance, KKK, populist Party,
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Being a skinhead is not a hobby for the weekends but a lifestyle which ids full of violence and hatred, wreaking havoc on their towns to express their beliefs.
The Oklahoma City bombing brought home to American people that no country is immune from terrorism. Although thought to be tied into larger extremist groups, the actual bombing was the work of only a few people. Although they are not responsible for this bombing, the neo-nazi skinheads impose these type threats to their community. Nowhere do the neo-nazi skinheads by themselves constitute a mass-movement. The danger posed by these young racist thugs lies in their taste for violence. Skinheads across the globe have committed numerous murders, firebombing and other crimes of violence against innocent victims whom they deemed to be of the wrong race, religion, nationality, or sexual preference. Their goal whether in Los Angeles or Berlin is a racially pure society like that of the Third Reich.
Contrary to their claim to represent the working class youth, skinheads come from widely varying economic backgrounds. Their roots often lie in domestic instability; a high portion of skinheads come from broken homes, or single parent families. Their gangs often serve as surrogate families for their members. Often youngsters join these groups because it is a place where they can be in an environment which supports their views and beliefs. Skinheads frequently live in communal homes and

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