Themassacre was no accident, no random act of a madman. It was designed by 7 distinct Stages of Hate Training.
Most people know very little about these fringe, shadow groups. They hopefully never have to look them in the eye. Unfortunately, I had to face down members of a just-forming“nation” while fighting apartheid in the late eighties and nineties. They are not harmless pranks and in fact, their daily work is to inspire members to commit acts like the one committed by Page in . They revel in the hate.
Understanding true hate groups requires a different sort of mindset than the one we use to try to understand most criminals. They are not inspired by money. They don’t structure themselves like drug cartels, more like international terrorist groups. They have no central “leader” but a loosely connected series of individuals, each willing to die for their cause. In this case, their motto is:
Really, that is their slogan. In this, the 21st century, you can go to their website and find that slogan on the home page.
So back in the Eighties, my little, tiny anti-apartheid group was at first surprised to see people standing on the opposite side of the street from our demonstrations. These “counter-demonstrators” held up swastikas and shouted racist slogans.
We had thought we were fighting against a form of slavery half a world away. Problem was, we were taking that fight to the, in particular. That meant that suddenly we were standing in the middle of a racial divide.
On one side, Black racists were insulting me for being “a white woman leading a movement that should be led by black men.” It didn’t matter that our group was comprised of people from all ethnic groups. The only thing they could see was my pale, Irish skin. On the other side were these skinhead white supremacists. We thought they were harmless teens, but that wasn’t the case.
At one point I was invited to a forum at ato discuss the influx of hardcore “Hammerskins” into Houston. These ruthless thugs had actually been trained by other racists to recruit teenagers. They used free rock concerts, “cool” tattoos and a fake feeling of community to pull in disconnected teens.
Teens were trained to inflict violence as a way of “fighting back against oppressors.” I’m sorry, but a 95 pound female with no fighting ability is not an oppressor–but I was one of their victims. Luckily in their world of hate against equality, I was only a small player and the focus on me was brief. I was probably nothing more than a training exercise.
Training–or brainwashing as I would call it–is the key to any hate group’s effectiveness.
From The seven-stage hate model: The psychopathology of hate groups, here are the stages they use to bring a person to the point of committing acts like the one committed by Page::
Stage 1: The Haters Gather
Stage 2: TheDefines Itself
Stage 3: The Hate Group Disparages the Target
Stage 4: The Hate Group Taunts the Target
: The Hate Group Attacks the Target Without Weapons
Stage 6: The Hate Group Attacks the Target with Weapons
Stage 7: The Hate Group Destroys the Target
In my case, an accidental interference by law enforcement–the attackers were arrested on other charges–meant that the teens never got past Stage 5, but I’ll never forget ….
I’ll never forget the ruthless thrill the attackers seemed to get out of hurting me. They had a look of gratification in their eyes.
My crime I was told, was the fact that I had betrayed my race. To them that made me the worst possible threat because I chose to believe differently than they thought a “white woman” should. To this day, when people don’t understand my absolute aversion to the casual hate language being thrown around by the, I have to mention that loosely defining racist beliefs is the first step to hate violence.
Thus in seven stapes, a “birther” can become like Page, defined as a madman by the media, except he isn’t that. Page was a trained, encouraged, and valued weapon in the community of hate called Hammerskins. As the seven-stage article above mentions:
The hate group’s experiences, beliefs, and use of symbols and rituals combine to create group mythologies. Mythologies unify disparate thoughts and act as filters through which group members interpret reality … and protected from outside ideas provide a forum where group members can escape individual responsibility. “When we lose our individual independence in the corporateness of a mass movement we find a new freedom-freedom to hate.”