The Sikh Temple Shooting and Hate Groups

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, discusses Wade Michael Page, the gunman who allegedly killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and had ties to hate groups. We take a look at white supremacy in the US.


Brian Levin

Comments [25]

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Aug. 07 2012 10:21 PM
tom LI

Flag 'em! Flag 'em!

Flag what?!?!? What are we supposed to flag? Which file? Which Agency is tasked to do it, and than keep watching the ones flagged? The local law, who are under-staffed and trained, some State agency, where the same applies, or a Federal agency...who now currently operate too often above the law they are supposed to protect...?!?!

This is where Liberals simply DO NOT get-it. They scream about liberty, etc - but are the first to call for these Flagging processes...which are absurd and as Anti-American, Anti-Democratic, etc - as any of the laws, regulations the Uber-Conservatives, Tea-Party, GOP Kool-aid drinkers wish to enact.

At the core of this mentality is the wrong idea that there is ONE cause that sets these guys off. Every time these cases arise - everyone tries to find that one cause. FYI, there is no one cause.

Aug. 07 2012 06:36 PM
naomi from DC

Great segment. And Brooke is a fabulous sub host. Please make her the go-to sub host!

Aug. 07 2012 02:06 PM

The SPLC is the biggest hate group in the United States. It hates everyone who doesn't agree with its leftist/big government views—and makes it its cause to declare any group of people who don't agree with its leftist/big government views a "hate" group.

Aug. 07 2012 01:18 PM


If you really wanted to understand why everyone is caught up on the the guy's rhetoric rather than on his "GREAT" analysis you only have to listen to the interview at the top of this page.
But my guess, and it's only a guess, is that you prefer "angst" to knowledge, crimes committed with "illegally purchased" guns (how many of those took place in New York or Chicago last week?) to crimes committed with "legally purchased" guns.
Not that it lessons "the outrage about this racist attack against the Sikh Community??" but do you agree with the guest's distinctions between this tragedy and the Fort Hood Shootings (

Aug. 07 2012 12:35 PM
The Truth from Becky

Missed this segment but I can't understand why everyone is caught up on the voice?!?! What about the white supremacist issue? What about the fact that this is another tragedy that happened with a "legally" purchased gun, two days after the purchase?? Where is the outrage about this racist attack against the Sikh Community??

Aug. 07 2012 11:51 AM

What is the appropriate response to this segment - "GREAT INTERVIEW", of course.
What I particularly thought of as "GREAT" was the guest's initiative in explaining the distinction between the "domestic terrorism" of the horror de jour and the every day "work place violence" such as the Fort Hood shooting.

Going forward (in a progressive manner) wouldn't it be "GREAT" if the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University and other "GREAT" hate group monitors had their databases tied into those that needed to be consulted when someone applies for a gun purchase?

(BTW: Thanks to the host.)
Aug. 07 2012 10:57 AM

Aug. 07 2012 11:09 AM
oscar from ny

Ughhh.. ppl copy the actions of animals and insects

Aug. 07 2012 10:54 AM
John A.

The 'Hate Map | Southern Poverty Law Center'
was fairly interesting.
Thank-You, comments.

Aug. 07 2012 10:42 AM
Edward from NJ

Aside from his tick of starting every answer by praising the question -- very annoying and called out -- the guest seemed to know what he was talking about.

Aug. 07 2012 10:41 AM
tim mercure from NYC

Not sure what Brooke Gladstone's problem is but I was really annoyed that she was mocking her guest on this segment (also noticed how combative she was yesterday talking abut breast feeding). I thought Brian Levin was very well spoken and informative and it was very rude of her to make fun of his speech pattern. Think I'll just listen to music until Brian gets back!

Aug. 07 2012 10:37 AM
Chris St. Louis

I love Brooke Gladstone and I know that the guest would challenge anyone's "professionalism". Maybe if the interview is worthless, end it. I'd listen to Brooke read the NY Times to me. Cringing through that whole interview.

Aug. 07 2012 10:32 AM

Can your guest discuss the link between the domestic terrorism label and the push by Congress to relax the limits on the power of the Federal government to use the military for domestic law enforcement under certain circumstances?

Aug. 07 2012 10:29 AM
Jay F.

Why are comments disappearing?

Aug. 07 2012 10:25 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

REALLY? Most are not violent? Wow. That's really news to me...

Aug. 07 2012 10:25 AM
andy from manhattan

Describing white supremacists and their views as benign is ridiculous!!! WTF???

Aug. 07 2012 10:25 AM
john from office

WHY WAS MY COMMENT REMOVED!! I listen tio this show each day, this is a terrible guest and ill informed. WNYC can do better! You cannot treat each guest as an expert.

Aug. 07 2012 10:24 AM

CBS News reports that Page enlisted in the Army in April 1992 and was given a less-than-honorable discharge in October 1998. He was last stationed in Fort Bragg, N.C., serving in the psychological operations unit.

Anything on that Brian?

Aug. 07 2012 10:24 AM

Jack Jack, I'm going with "fatally stupid", but that sure is the right question. This guy thought he was killing taliban.

Aug. 07 2012 10:24 AM
April from Manhattan

Google Southern Poverty Law Center; look at the Hate Map. California has the greatest number by far. I'm from the South. When I tell people in New York that, they reply "Oh, they're just crazy out there." Implying they're not serious. Look at New Jersey. You can hardly see the state so many hate sites. Blacks and Latinos I speak to say they're not served or harassed there. Milwaukee is the second most segregated city in the country, after Detroit and before New York City. But there's no discrimination in NYC? Imagine if Giuliani's cops were killing an unarmed black man every few weeks in Atlanta, or Bloomberg's stop and frisk for "furtive movements" in Atlanta? At the least we'd hear "racism", not "racial profiling". On the Southern Poverty Law Center there's also a history of skin heads, leading back to England in the sixties and seventies. There's a lot of right wing (white) nationalism across Europe, as well as Neo Nazis.

Aug. 07 2012 10:23 AM
fuva from harlemworld

I like Brooke's hosting. Brian's stand-in need not be a clone or wanna-be. And I LOVE her voice.

Aug. 07 2012 10:23 AM
Guy from Brooklyn

Anyone else feel Brooke is a little off? Yesterday, her combative stance on the breast milk segment was distracting, but today, her casual and almost jokey tone is a bit inappropriate for this topic. Hurry back, Brian.

Aug. 07 2012 10:18 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Was the shooter just fatally stupid -- shooting Sikhs when he thought he was killing Muslims or was he just a racist who was likely to point and pull the trigger at any non-white that came before his gunsights?

Aug. 07 2012 10:15 AM

um there are 2 groups of skinheads, like there are 2 kinds of people. racist and non racist. the original skinhead movement from english is based on jamaican ska, which obviously means the original skinheads aren't racist.

Aug. 07 2012 10:14 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Brooke! bassists tend to be the most solid citizens?? Where do get this stuff?

Aug. 07 2012 10:13 AM

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