Police in Calgary have reignited the Satanic Panic of the 1980’s with the release of a pamphlet advising parents of possible signs that their child might be in a hate group. The police claim that listening to “loud, heavy rock music with violent lyrics” is a warning sign.
Following the events in Charlottesville in mid-August, the tech industry has worked to sequester and deplatform white supremacist websites. Silicon Valley isn’t alone in its efforts, and has been joined by the music industry. Companies like Spotify have removed white supremacist and neo-Nazi content from streaming platforms.
In its attempt to promote vigilance against the rise of hate groups, Calgary Police in Canada released an advisory for parents titled “Signs of a Child Being Part of a Hate Group.” It runs the gamut of common warning signs like “wearing or displaying Nazi propaganda” and “racist graffiti, drawings and doodling,” but also includes more innocuous activities.
In addition to advising parents about children who “change their appearance” and “sudden lack of interest in school” — both of which are habits of typical teenagers — the list suggests that children who play “loud, heavy rock music with violent lyrics” may be part of a hate group.
I wonder what listening to gangsta rap might mean according to the Calgary police?
Hum… I wonder what it means if you happen to listen to the likes of Rachmaninoff… Hate is a very strong word but that doesn’t mean that I’m not plenty pissed off…
I turned off the radio and listened to a Chopin CD on the way to work this morning. I also listen to Metal when I go to the gym. Is it possible that I’m a multifaceted person? Probably not. Just a Nazi. Yep. That’s all I’m allowed to be because I happen to like a form of music that motivates me when picking up and putting down heavy things.