A Hundred Little Hitlers: The Death of a Black Man, the Trial of a White Racist, and the Rise of the Neo-Nazi Movement in America

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Macmillan, Nov 1, 2004 - Political Science - 416 pages
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On November 12, 1988, a group of Portland, Oregon, skinheads known as East Side White Pride encountered three Ethiopians in a street fight, resulting in the brutal death of Mulugeta Seraw.

For award-winning journalist Elinor Langer, the Seraw case is the launchpad for a thorough investigation of the Nazi-inspired racist movement in the United States. She vividly reconstructs the world of the skinheads: their origins in the punk scene, their basement shrines to Nazi power, their moments of glory on Oprah and Geraldo. She examines the long-standing radical groups that encouraged the movement, tracking the progress of such powerful figures as White Aryan Resistance leader Tom Metzger through key bastions of the Far Right. In gripping detail, she follows civil-rights lawyer Morris Dees's efforts to prove Metzger responsible for the Portland killing-a sensational campaign to curb the growth of neo-Nazism.
Compelling, disturbing, and important, A Hundred Little Hitlers is both an epic account of racism and justice and a close examination of social forces that loom ever more dangerously today.

 

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Langer (Josephine Herbst) presents a detailed account of the 1988 murder of Ethiopian immigrant Mulugeta Scraw in Portland, OR. Three young skinheads with ties to the white racist moment were ... Read full review

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Sorry to say this but this person got at least the facts about the Portland punk band Lockjaw wrong. I being the lead singer, and quite the left wing liberal at that, can attest to the fact that we were not a right wing conservative band. However there was one right wing(sort of) conservative member. Dell Murray at the time was or seemed to be that way but most of what he did was just to shock people and get attention for the band. However misplaced that was he is today from what I understand an animal activist and a family man with I believe to children.
Many misconceptions still float around about Lockjaw. If the person who wrote this article or book would like an interview with actual members so some clarification can be made I would be glad to oblige. This is just hearsay accounts and this person obviously has a biased opinion. True there was violence at some of our shows but far more violence when bands like Black Flag or Suicidal Tendencies came to town. Get your facts straight before you print such inflammatory remarks please .
 

Contents

Ifs
1
About This Book
6
HISTORY
7
THE DEATH OF MULUGETA SERAW 4 The Skinheads Afternoon
9
From Ethiopia to Portland
14
Downtown
22
Girls Night Out
26
An Ethiopian Farewell Party
28
THE CASE AT LAW 31 Exclusion
207
An EmptyTheater
219
Uproar
223
In the Skinhead Camp
227
Investigation
232
A Moral Panic
247
CAKES AND CAUSES 37 The Morris Dees Story
257
Engedaw Berhanu Honors His Nephew
278

Back Where They Started
30
The Death of Mulugeta Seraw
31
Engedaw Berhanu Gets the News
35
UNDERGROUND 12 A Skinhead Apartment
37
ARYAN UPDATE 19 Aryan Update
97
GasEm All
137
Radical Racism
149
A HUNDRED LITTLE HITLERS 25 Alliance
159
Vanguard
181
The Personal and the Political
192
Dave in Portland
197
More Adventures of Dave Mazzella
279
I Relish ItAlmost
284
Still More Adventures of Dave Mazzella
294
Metzgers Racism Goes on Trial
301
THE TRIAL OF TOM METZGER 43 The Setting
303
Tom Metzgers Defense
335
Decision
344
Curtain Calls
350
History and Law Revisited
359
Acknowledgments
383
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Elinor Langer, author of the acclaimed biography Josephine Herbst, has written for The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, and The Nation, among other publications. A Hundred Little Hitlers was chonsen as a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Award for work-in-progress. Langer lives in Portland, Oregon.

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