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 Through Itunes, Apple has grown to dominate the digital music business as the largest disseminator of online music purchases. But currently, the company also serves as the largest platform for white nationalists, skinheads, and neo-nazis who use white power music as a recruiting tool aimed at indoctrinating youth. On Itunes, hate music groups like Skrewdriver, Bully Boys, White Wash, White Wing, NON, H8Machine, Infester, Valhalla, and Fanisk sell music with hardcore, explicit white supremacist lyrics that espouse hate and promote violence towards minorities. 

Lyrics like “Have they got the white man on the run?/Multi-racial society is a mess/We ain’t ‘gonna take much more of this/What do need?/White power!” is among the tamest examples of the type of hate music that is given space on Itunes. 

Other large companies, such as MySpace, work with civil rights groups to identify and immediately remove hate group music that is used as a youth recruitment tool by hate groups. Such music should be relegated to the margins where it belongs, and not be given legitimacy through affiliation with a large network like Itunes. In the past, the company has taken steps to remove homophobic music that promotes violence towards sexual minorities. Tell Apple that just as it stood against hatred towards the LGBT community, the company must stand up against racism by banning white power music. 


Letter to
CEO, Apple Steve Jobs
Apple Publicist
Apple Publicist
and 1 other
Apple Publicist
Through Itunes, Apple has grown to dominate the digital music business as the largest disseminator of online music purchases. But currently, the company also serves as the largest platform for white nationalists, skinheads, and neo-nazis who use white power music as a recruiting tool aimed at indoctrinating youth. On Itunes, hate music groups like Skrewdriver, Bully Boys, White Wash, White Wing, NON, H8Machine, Infester, Valhalla, and Fanisk sell music with hardcore, explicit white supremacist lyrics that espouse hate and promote violence towards minorities.

Lyrics like “Have they got the white man on the run?/Multi-racial society is a mess/We ain’t ‘gonna take much more of this/What do need?/White power!” is among the tamest examples of the type of hate music that is given space on Itunes. On large white nationalist forums like Stormfront, racist activists have applauded the availability of a broad collection of racist music on the website, and have called on its members to use the service as a tool for dissemination.

In the past, Apple has taken steps to remove homophobic music that promotes violence towards sexual minorities. I applaud such a move, and ask that the company expand its policy to include the removal of white power music. Other large companies, such as MySpace, work with civil rights groups to identify and immediately remove hate group music. Such music should be relegated to the margins where it belongs, and not be given legitimacy through affiliation with a large network like Itunes. The overwhelming majority of Apple customers would not like to see the company become a tool for extremism and racial hatred, and we ask that you listen to us by immediately banning white power music from Itunes.