"What did I say that was so bad? I called him a black skinhead," Lawal said. "OK, I did my research. I saw a documentary a while ago about skinheads that follow a music genre called 'hardcore.' And he's 'The Hardcore Kid,' right? He likes hardcore music. He does that ugly-ass dance, that stupid s--t. So I put two and two together and said, 'Hey! He's a black skinhead.'
"I'm not taking about no Aryan Nation. Is he Clayton Bigsby or something? I just said that he is black skinhead. I didn't say he was a racist against his own people. He likes that hardcore music that skinheads like. That's all. Is that bad? I didn't say he was an Aryan Nation skinhead, because that would make no sense. That's like saying black klansman. I've never seen it except on [The Dave Chapelle Show]. So the fans out there can kiss my ass. That's my explanation. You don't like it, whatever."
Here's the problem with Lawal's argument: Not everyone who listens to hardcore music is a skinhead.
Any time you group individuals together and make a judgment about them without knowing them, its a stereotype.
Saying everyone who listens to hardcore music is a skinhead is like saying all blonds are unintelligent. It's a stereotype by grouping individuals together and making a judgement about them.
Skinheads were prevalent towards the end of the first wave of hardcore, and this continued through the youth crew era of hardcore.
Many of the key New York skinhead hardcore bands were influenced by the burgeoning crossover thrash scene, but there was a steep decline in the involvement of skinheads in the hardcore scene as more of them moved on to the American Oi! scene in the 1990s.
Newton loves hardcore music, but he has no love for skinheads. In fact, he knocked out a racist skinhead at a punk rock show earlier this year.
“I went to this show -- it wasn’t a hardcore show by any means, but maybe some of the older guys would consider it to be hardcore. Strife, in my opinion, was really the only true hardcore band on this show,” Newton recently told Sherdog.com. “I guess those skinheads kind of frequent that place. I haven’t seen skinheads at a hardcore show since, like, 2001. I saw them, and I was like, ‘Great,’ but there were also a lot of hardcore kids who were there to see Strife, and we definitely outnumbered the skinheads.”
Newton, who goes by "The Hardcore Kid" due to his love for heavy rock music, said he began to dance during Strife’s set when he was provoked by the group.
“The pit had just started, and I could really tell that they were checking us out. I started circle-pitting, and a guy tried to trip me,” said Newton. “I turned and looked, and I knew it was a white power guy. One guy had ‘white power’ tattooed on the back of his head. I went over to my friends and told them to keep their eyes open.
"After I warned my boys, one of those guys came up and just blatantly took a swing at me,” Newton recalled. “I saw it coming, of course, so I slipped it and threw a punch that dropped him and put him out. [His friends] then started jumping in. I think one of them shot a double-leg on me, and I was up against the stage. Then some white power girl came up and started swinging at me. I just tucked my chin, put my head down and said, ‘Go ahead and punch me in my forehead and the top of my head all you want. You’re just going to have a broken hand in the morning.’ “All my buddies jumped in, and they just demolished the guys. I didn’t have to do anything more, because all my boys either train MMA or they fight, too. So they came in and just smashed the guys.
“Just to let everybody know. In hardcore, there are no skinheads. They don’t understand our dancing. They don’t understand our way of life,” Newton said. “The majority of hardcore kids are different races. There are a lot of [Hispanic fans], especially in California. There are more black hardcore kids all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still usually the only black guy at the show, but there is no racism there.”
Clearly, Lawal should apologize to Newton for calling him a black skinhead.