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by Dr. Boyce Watkins
Scholar John McWhorter wrote a piece for “The New Republic” about the recent Sikh Temple massacre and the man who caused it, Michael Wade Page. Page was one of the few white supremacists who turned his anger toward people of color into real violence, killing six people and wounding four others.
Some have pointed to White Supremacist music as part of what motivated Page to go out and kill innocent people that day. McWhorter doesn’t agree and thinks that those who feel that music caused him to kill are grasping for straws. According to McWhorter:
“It has been fashionable in the wake of Wade Michael Page’s tragic acts in Wisconsin to speculate on whether the White Power music he listened to helped stoke him into the senseless murders he committed. Such speculations, however, are as incoherent as they are pointless—and they are marked, above all, by a cloying air of self-congratulation.”