The recent tragic shooting spree at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, in which Wade Michael Page killed six people before killing himself after a shootout with police, has drawn attention to the shadowy world of white power music. Page, a committed white supremacist and member of the Hammerskins, a hardcore racist skinhead group, was heavily involved in the white power music scene in the United States. Page was just one of hundreds of white supremacist musicians listened to by thousands of white supremacists in the United States and beyond. Today, white power music permeates the subculture of the white supremacist movement. It is music with a message, a medium used to express an ideology suffused with anger, hatred and violence.
Although the media has not been paying much attention, recent years have seen a steady stream of anti-abortion violence, from shootings to firebombings and arsons. Anti-abortion extremists believe that violence is justified if it will stop what they perceive as the murder of millions.
In recent years, a disturbing trend has emerged on the white supremacist scene in the United States. More and more white supremacists are developing links to motorcycle clubs across the country, including outlaw motorcycle gangs frequently involved with criminal activity. All of the major white supremacist movements have developed ties to the outlaw biker subculture, while some white supremacists have even formed their own biker gangs.
In recent years, the anti-government extremist "sovereign citizen" movement has experienced a considerable resurgence, which has resulted in a significant growth in both membership and activity - including violent activity - across the United States.