Originally created 12/10/97

`Clarifies' article about skinheads

I was interviewed and featured, along with my good friend Shannon Tudor, in the Nov. 25 edition of "Xtreme: Stuff For Teens."

There were some definite problems I found with the final copy of my interview. However, first I wish to apologize to anyone who may have been offended by anything that was said by either Shannon or myself, with special regard to our families.

My only reason for doing this interview was to show people that there are non-racist and anti-racist skinheads, and that my personal beliefs are anti-racist. With that in mind, I would like to clear some things up ...

The first thing I found was the reference to a book entitled The Spirit of 69: A Skinhead Bible. I know this title makes the book sound as if it's a book of rules for being a skinhead, or as if skinheads have their own religion -- when in fact the book's just a history of the skinhead culture. Also, almost every skinhead I know has strong personal Christian convictions.

Second, I noticed the referral to Chris Drake as the "king of the skinheads." It must be understood that "skinhead" is not a gang, there is no sort of rank system, and this comment was made simply as a joke and mistaken for a serious comment.

Next was the comment I made about "beating a Nazi within an inch of his life." I must admit to this statement, but this was a harsh slip of the tongue and I did not mean to sound like a person who lives for violence. I only wished to express my strong opposition to neo-Nazi beliefs.

Finally, I would like to clarify the paragraphs that explained "walking the line." If I recall correctly, I do believe I requested that not be mentioned, but since it was, I feel duty to explain. As I said in the interview, it is a highly over-rated thing and very rarely happens. Also, it makes us out as a gang or something, which we definitely are not. ...

Travis Shaw, Augusta

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