My research into hate music indicates that young males are the most involved with hate music. However, we know that women are also involved. I recently read, and can recommend, a new book written from a female perspective. It is the story of a young woman being recruited into a hate group. She experiences violence, drug use, alcohol abuse, and life on the streets. The book also tells the story of her mother, and how she never gives up on her daughter.
Walking Away from Hate: Our Journey through Extremism Paperback – April 9, 2021 by Jeanette Manning (Author), Lauren Manning (Author)
#Music of Hate, Music for Healing #Life After Hate #ADL #speaker #presenter #American Music Therapy Association #Southern Poverty Law Center
On the fourth of July we had another mass shooting in the US, in Highland Park, Illinois. 306 mass shootings so far this year. Given my interest in hate music, I always check internet sources to see if the shooter(s) have any involvements with music. Here's what I found about yesterday's shooter:
"Robert Crimo III has been detained by authorities, and now we've learned that under the name Awake the Rapper, he had been uploading very disturbing music videos to Youtube including a crude animation showing a heavily armed shooter being killed by police.
The majority of Crimo's social media pages and several of his videos contain a symbol that is similar to the one used by the far-right Finnish group Suomen Sisu. Crimo does not, however, appear to make any mention of the national organization in his postings.
An animated cartoon called "Toy Solider" opens with a student texting in class as Crimo can be heard rapping, "fuck this world." Images of a heavily armed shooter entering a school and opening fire are cut between scenes of him battling police outside. The shooter is seen lying in a pool of blood in the final scene.
Source: US News
#Music of Hate, Music for Healing #Life After Hate #ADL #speaker #presenter #American Music Therapy Association
Here's another recent headline, from yesterday, documenting the use of music to spread violent hate in the world. Let's use music in more positive ways. Spread peace and love.
The Oregon Music Therapy Social Justice book club is reading the book Our Bodies, Their Battlefield, which tells stories of how women are treated during times of war and genocide. We discovered some videos of how women are using music to recover from their traumas.
#Ted Ficken, Author #Music Therapists for Social Justice #ADL #SPLC #AMTA #Speaker #Presenter #Life After Hate
I just watched the movie "Healing from Hate" on Amazon Prime. It apparently came out two years ago, but I just saw it. It shares information and stories from the founders of Life After Hate, several of whom were involved in the hate music industry. Very well done. Some of its stories are also shared in my book, "Music of Hate, Music for Healing." Check out the movie. #ADL #SPLC #Speaker #Presenter #Music of Hate, Music for Healing #spread peace and love
If you are looking for an unusual, but timely Christmas gift idea, please consider my new book, Music of Hate, Music for Healing - Paired Stories from the Hate Music Industry and the Profession of Music Therapy. The book shares information about the dangers of music that is used to spread hate in the world, next to stories of inspirational music therapists who use music to help and to heal. The book is a good tool to open up discussion of issues such as systemic racism, discrimination, social injustice, extremist radicalization, and other pressing issues in our environment. Readers will find the book informative, thought provoking, and illustrative of both negative and positive uses of music. No matter what music you prefer, this book will give you some new info to consider.
As I have continued to study hate music, friends sometimes send me new information. Recently, I received copies of two obituaries for Jewish women who survived the Holocaust and then used music to express themselves, including commenting on their experiences with hatred. The first was Inge Ginsberg, age 99, who was in a heavy metal band. You can view her on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OutYNpbKw
The second was Esther Bejarano, age 96, a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp, who fought racism and antisemitism with music. She also teamed up with a hip-hop group Microphone Mafia so spread an anti-racism message to German youth. You can hear a part of her story at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqRRwoQiVHA.
These two women are examples of how to stay active in old age, how to inspire others with music, and how to use music to fight hate.
What a pleasure to speak to graduate music therapy students at Augsburg University in Minneapolis this week. Bright, engaged, participative, and curious. This was the last of 25 presentations in the first half of 2021. Now I am scheduling engagements for the fall and winter terms. #music therapy #AMTA #ADL #SPLC #music of hate, music for healing #tedfickenmusic.org
I had a wonderful experience presenting a 6-hour continuing education workshop sponsored by Eastern Michigan University yesterday. Over 50 participants included EMU music therapy students, professional music therapists from Michigan and other places in the US, and music therapy faculty members. Great discussions and sharing. Thanks to everyone who made the day so rewarding.
I will be speaking about my book at three universities this week: University of Missouri/Kansas City, Pacific University in Oregon, and Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio. Looking forward to sharing with all three groups.
Also today, a Voices of Music Therapy podcast has been released on spotify:
Ted Ficken is a writer, speaker, and college professor. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Health from Oregon State University, and bachelor's and master's degrees in music therapy from the University of Kansas. Additional credentials include being a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and a Music Therapist - Board Certified and licensed (MT-BC/L). He currently teaches online for George Washington University's (GWU) Masters of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program in Washington, DC.