In the 1960s shaved short hair, combat boots and a wide assortment of tattoos were among a list of things that set skinheads apart from any other group of people in the world. The subculture began in the United Kingdom and was quickly able to spread throughout other parts of the world. The skinheads were a music driven group which was a common form of recruitment amongst skinheads. Current members would go to music venues and events as a way of seeking out prospective members. The band Screwdriver was seen as a popular musical group amongst skinheads. The band promoted music that was in opposition to minority groups.
The skinhead sub-culture is comprised of wide span of generations from young teens to older members. It is statistically shown that most of these members are comprised of men in their late teens and early twenties. These groups are further broken down in which there are two types of skinheads; racist skinheads and anti-racist skinheads, who were skinheads that opposed Neo-Nazi groups. The racist skinheads are well-known for having an affiliation with white supremacist groups like Aryan Nations, White Revolution, and The Nationalist Movement. As time went on racist skinheads became more apparent in the 70’s. With many of its members joining Neo-Nazi groups where the main focus was the promotion of the white race.
By the late 1970’s the media already created skinheads to fit into one stereotype which was that of white supremacists who blamed many of the social and economic problems on non-white immigrants. In present day the many skinhead groups that were booming in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s have seen a decline in membership. One of these causes is due to the lack of older white supremacist groups that have supported skinhead groups in the past.
In many cases much time has passed since the beginning of the first group of skinheads and from that time views have changed. The views of the present day world are not what they were two, three or even four decades ago. For many individuals the high amount of racism among cultural groups called for a large amount of segregation and division in the 1960’s. Therefore, since many of the groups associated with skinheads are racists not a high percentage of the youth of today see the idea of joining a white supremacist group to be one of their many goals in life.
“Skinheads”, The Prejudice Institute
“Racist Skinhead Project: The Racist Skinhead Scene Today”, Anti-Defamation League