Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik seems to have some serious issues with hip-hop music. Breivik, the right wing extremist responsible for two terrorist attacks on July 22 in Norway, criticized hip-hop culture and music for brainwashing European youth, according to the Philadelphia City Paper.
In his online manifesto 2083 – A European Declaration of Independence, posted the day of the attacks, Mr. Breivik, wrote:
“I personally know of more than 50 individuals who started with hashish and marijuana as a direct result of the hip-hop mentality. Many of these went from light drugs to heavier drugs such as amphetamine and even heroin. I personally know that more than 20 individuals, from my ‘hip-hop community,’ have become severe drug addicts and some of them are probably dead today. I estimate that of the 20,000 drug addicts in Norway, approximately 30-40% have initially been significantly influenced by the hip-hop mentality.”
The Norwegian terrorist killed 76 innocent civilians in the two attacks; 68 of the victims were attending a youth summer camp. Ironically, Breivik believes that, in addition to encouraging drug use, hip-hop also increases violence in children. In his manifesto, he singled out hip-hop pioneer Schoolly D for supporting “criminal behavior” with his “bloody lyrics.” But Breivik did not come up with his paradoxical theories on his own. He virtually lifted an entire article by the American political commentator and linguist John H. McWhorter called “How Hip-Hop Holds Blacks Back.”
Mr. Breivik advocated for the partial eradication of hip-hop in his manifesto, but wrote, “Certain positive aspects of the hip-hop movement should be allowed to survive…as long as it positively influences the self confidence of European youths and only if it can be re-defined as a European tradition and not portrayed as a ghetto/ethnic/multiculturalist lifestyle.” —Henry Greenfield