Top 5 songs to play for someone attending a white pride rally

I’ve never met a white supremacist, or at least a vocal one, but I’ve often thought about what I’d say to them if I did. I figured maybe – as a favor of one Caucasian to another – I could help debunk all their racists myths. You know, show them the holes in the articulate arguments used to support their hatred, such as the profound statement: “deyy toooke arrrrr jeeeeeeeebbbbs!”

And we ain't talkin' about Steve here.

Yep, getting into a socio-economic-political-and-other-hyphenated-words discussion was one option, but I have friends that have tried that and had their lives threatened, so I thought I’d maybe go with a more indirect approach. You know, just play them some songs and let them think about stuff for themselves.

So, if you are trying to get through to someone that is down on their luck, maybe blaming personal misfortune on others, directing their potential towards bad instead of good, or just a racist jerk – this might help. And if you live in Edmonton, now might be a good time to do this since there is a white pride rally planned for this Saturday.

These songs can be played in any order, but I’ve strategically arranged them for maximum impact:

5. “White Riot” by The Clash. This song is good to include for a couple reasons, the first being that the title will get them interested. Second, it’s a song that gets folks thinking, and hopefully being a little more self-aware too. See? “Are you taking over/ Or are you taking orders?/ Are you going backwards/ Or are you going forwards?” Maybe, just maybe, it’ll make them question their beliefs, and change a bit so they’re working towards something that’s actually positive, and not so harmful. You never know – it could be a big eureka moment!

4. “Guilty of Being White” by Minor Threat. This is another song that has a title to get them interested, but also carries a message different from the one you might first assume. It’s about the band growing up in Washington D.C., where Caucasian youth were often a minority. It delves into the way they were judged based on the color of their skin, but argues for understanding, not divisions. It’s a song your friendly neighborhood racist might relate to. But, it also shows them that they have more in common with other human beings born with a different color of skin than they thought.  Holy moly, judging people on their actions and not how they look? What a notion.

3. “Mohawk Man” by Mr. Epp and the Calculations. This tune calls out pretenders in a music scene for trying to be trendy, and not really understanding what’s going on in the community. This isn’t so unusual. Maybe White Power Bill got mixed up in the wrong crowd because he was influenced by a pretty (and prejudiced) Aryan girl he had a crush on. This song’s a little more critical and might hurt White Power Bill’s feelings, but the Aryan girl might have crushed his heart already. Tread lightly, but again, present them a different side.

2. “The Only Good Fascist is a Very Dead Fascist.” by Propagandi. If the last three songs didn’t work, try using history. This song points out that white people don’t really have a lot to be proud of. Unless, of course, you actually want to take credit for stealing other people’s culture, land, and well, anything else really. I guess whites can take credit for reality t.v. maybe, but that’s about it.

1. “Nazi Punks Fuck Off!” by Dead Kennedys. If all else fails, there’s always Jello. If the last four songs couldn’t convince your racist pal that hatred isn’t the answer, then they’re somebody you probably don’t want to hang out with, let alone be seen with….or be in the same time zone. Turn this song up really loud, shake your head, and walk away.

Oh, and for a bonus: If these racists are going to refer to themselves as white, well then…

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5 Comments on “Top 5 songs to play for someone attending a white pride rally”

  1. Luke Slobod Says:

    Who’s up for coming to the Anti-Racism Rally?

  2. Jeremy Says:

    Yeah, don’t call me white. Call me the Brew.

  3. Lime Says:

    Maybe you can DJ the sock hops at this great summer camp I was reading about.

  4. MVH Says:

    Great Playlist….especially the Minor Threat tune.

  5. Hey Jello Biafra is cool,just check this-

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