Originally Posted by RyJ Maduro
By skinheads, do you mean neo-nazis?
I was one of the Original skinheads in London in 1968/69 (I have just turned 60!). We were a tail-end offshoot of the mods, mainly working class. There was no overall political ethos at first - I
was an anarchist and ANTI-racist. I can remember a West Indian mate of mine who said to me "We minorities have got to stick together" (he meant blacks and skinheads). We all liked West Indian music and Motown.
However, as the skinhead fashion/movement grew, kids came to it from areas of London where there was racial tension and ignorance, and so the idea grew that it "was" a "racist" movement.
When the fashion was revived in Britain, post-punk, in the early 1980s, it was immediately adopted as part of Neo-Nazism. BUT
there was also a counter-fascist reaction, known as Red Skins
, and SHARP
("SkinHeads against Racial Prejudice").
Just so everyone is clear about that.