- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 9, 2006

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The Internet has helped fuel “a significant and troubling resurgence of racist skinhead activity” in the United States in recent years, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reported this week.

The ADL identified Internet sites and “white power music” as factors attracting youths to the skinhead movement.

“Alienated white youth have found a welcome reception on the Internet from white supremacists hungry for new recruits,” said the ADL, reporting “a rise in violent hate crimes carried out by racist skinheads against Jews, African-Americans, Hispanics, gays and lesbians, and immigrants.”

The ADL report cited several states, including California. It noted “considerable interplay between racist skinheads and prison gangs, a large amount of skinhead-related violence, and a very active hate music scene in southern California, especially Orange County.”

The ADL identified Pennsylvania as “home to one of the most active skinhead groups, the Keystone State Skinheads,” and said Oregon and Washington state “are traditional racist skinhead strongholds.”

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