"I don't see the difference between SHARP and WP skins."
I read this online today, and while I responded to the person who said this, I figured it would make a good blog post.
What are some of the differences between S.H.A.R.P. (Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice) and WP (White Pride/White Power) "skins" (which will be referred to as 'Boneheads' for the rest of this post)?
To start, I could point out that SHARP is not political, in the sense that it is neither left wing or right wing. SHARP is anti-racist, and that is as far as the political end of SHARP goes. Individual SHARP can be militant anti-Fascist, or militant Republican, or not give a damn at all about politics. Most of us fall somewhere in between. People all over the political spectrum can be anti-racist.
WP boneheads are right wing. WP boneheads are racist. Some WP boneheads (too many sadly) are so racist, and so far to the right that they actually support the lost cause of Adolf Hitler, and will show respect, or even try to bring a resurrection of his National Socialist racist genocidal state in their own countries, despite their own grandparents having fought against Hitler, and the Axis countries.
You will never see SHARP attack someone due to skin colour, or be happy about genocide. You will never see SHARP vandalize a home or business or church (temple, mosque) because of someones religion or faith.
SHARP was formed in the 80's as a reaction to WP boneheads infesting the skinhead scene. WP boneheads had been attacking proper skinheads in the 70's and 80's who refused to join racist neo-Nazi groups like the National Front, and The Heritage Front. WP boneheads had also been attacking people for reasons as silly as their skin colour. It got so bad that a racist attack by bikers or punks would be labeled as a "racist skinhead" attack in the papers.
At the end of the day, all SHARP are Trads (Traditional skinheads). All we want is for the WP boneheads to get out of the skinhead scene and leave us alone to enjoy being skinheads, and everything it means to be a skinhead...
PRIDE WITHOUT PREJUDICE