Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Clash Turns Skinhead against Skinhead in Northern Pennsylvania

Usually, skinheads are very productive in their hatred of other groups. Sometimes, however, they turn their hatred toward one another:
A witness to the melee outside Café Metropolis on Saturday night told police that two men who were stabbed are members of rival skinhead groups, an officer said Tuesday.

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Kevin Dougherty, the manager of Café Metropolis, said he was told that one of the men stabbed is a racist skinhead and the other is a non-racist skinhead.

. . . .

Dougherty said there is a kind of skinhead called a SHARP, which stands for Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice.

“You can’t tell the difference,” Dougherty said. “The problem is they look exactly alike.”

Although non-racist, SHARP members can be anti-gay, according to Dougherty and several Web sites about skinheads.

Link (via News of the Weird). Racist skinheads and non-racist skinheads? What is this, The Sneetches? SHARPs? As long as they can be anti-gay, I suppose they can be skinheads. Old and busted: hating other groups because you're afraid of their differences. New hotness: hating other groups because you're afraid you have their tendencies, too.

Indexed by tags crime, hatred, racism, skinheads, SHARP, Pennsylvania, Wilkes-Barre, gay, homophobia.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well well the words of a skinhead expert? Don't think so... The first skinheads surfaced i London 1968 and enjoyd dancing to reggae along with their jamaican friends.

1:21 PM  
Blogger The Good Reverend said...

London 1968 skinheads might have been cool to hang out with, but Pennsylvania 2006 skinheads don't like reggae because one of its syllables is a homophone of gay. Which is similar to the reason they don't like homophones.

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Educate yourself at least a little bit before you speak of the Skinhead culture as one of hate. The Skinhead movement started in the late 60's in England as a branch of the "Mod" trend going through England. Skinheads were mostly middle and lower class kids who had to shave their heads to prevent hair lice as most worked on the docks or in another type of manual labor job. They liked to drink beer and listen to reggae and many of the original Skins were black. Google "Skinhead history" and learn a little bit. Skinhead culture is not about hate, its about music and fun. Neo-Nazis took advantage of this group of most younger adults and recruited them to become the racist Skinheads that the media loves to talk about so much today. Seems like you spout a little bit of hate yourself. Cheers mate. Hopefully next time you'll learn a little before you mouth of and not after or a little bit of that good ole Skinhead hate may come your way in something a little more educational, and violent, than a history lesson. Generalizations suck so don't lump an entire culture into a certain mold that really only fits a small part of it. It's the same as saying that all African-Americans enjoy Malt-Liquor and robbing people or White people all love golf and tennis at the Country Club on Saturday.

PS: There are gay Skins too.

2:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I must say the history of skinheads is complex but the fact is that the most common denominator amongst skinheads (especially in Pennsylvania) is a militant right-wing racism. Sorry, but a non-racist skinhead is the exception not the rule.

5:48 AM  
Anonymous Skin_Heads_Unite_Left_and_Right said...

You are in fact an uninformed DUMB SHIT on this whole subject matter. Try Googling it next time at least. You are a fucking imbecile at best. To begin with; most S.H.A.R.P'S I've ever met are either total fags or total fag lovers and most National Socialist Skins could really give a shit about their Reggae riffs because they are Oi through and through! They do both have similar musical root systems for certain; Just ask "Ian Stewart" about it, you no history knowing Blogosphering whore! If the most influential SKINHEAD of ALL TIME were still with us HE would tell you that the S.H.E.R.P.A.S. and SKINHEADS are two entirely different Animals; You need to get a real grasp on the issues you're referencing before you involve yourself in the kind of shit you think it's trendy to run your broken chicken neck about (The same one you can't back up and couldn't bear the consequences of if you were actually involved in the shit yourself)? I'd like to hear your comments on the Hells Angels and how much you think they resemble the Mods next? You Fucking PUNK; FUCK You! You PANSY ASS'D EMO PUNK BITCH! I'll side with ANY type of SKINHEAD before I'll ever begin to think of having the slightest bit of R.E.S.P.E.C.T. for your sorry ass opinion! You have NOT EARNED the RIGHT to speak on these matters and you were NOT INVITED to do so by either side (This is OUR business, NOT yours), So I would strongly suggest you S.T.F.U. and never open your PUNK ASS MOUTH again, at least not until you've LIVED the LIFE; there is a lot of Blood and Honor behind this wall that you'll never understand! YOU BLOODY OUTSIDER, FUCK OFF!

4:01 AM  

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