Well, here’s a classic example of cowardly backtracking. We learned earlier today that the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooter Wade Michael Page had been in a white-power hardcore band since ’05 called End Apathy. They were signed to the neo-Nazi record label Label 56 who, as far as we can tell, fully endorsed their messages of slaughtering everybody who doesn’t come in a lily-white hue. Now the racist label has published an apologetic statement, claiming they’re oh so sorry that the actions their bands sing about were actually carried out by one of their frontmen.
Label 56 is very sorry to hear about the tragedy in Wisconsin and our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who are affected. We have worked hard over the years to promote a positive image and have posted many articles encouraging people to take a positive path in life, to abstain from drugs, alcohol, and just general behavior that can affect ones life negatively. Likewise we have never sought attention by using “shock value”/ symbols and ideology that are generally labeled as such. With that being said, all images and products related to End Apathy have been removed from our site. We do not wish to profit from this tragedy financially or with publicity.
In closing please do not take what Wade did as honorable or respectable and please do not think we are all like that.
Thank you, Label 56
Not all white supremacists are like that, guys. Most of them only want other people to kill off the lesser races. I know the above is sort of what the label has to say to cover their tracks, but come on–a half-hearted apology and statement of sympathy for the victims isn’t fooling anybody. If you’re going to promote a racist, violent ideology, at least own up to it when one of your own acts on his beliefs. [Daily Swarm]