The DisinfoCast with Matt Staggs: Former White Power Activist George Burdi

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George Burdi was deeply involved with the white power movement for many years, leading rallies and appearing on television shows like Sally Jesse Raphael and Geraldo Rivera, running the white power music label Resistance Records, heading up the Canadian branch of the racist World Church of the Creator and performing with his own band RaHoWa. An assault conviction and subsequent stint in jail started Burdi on a journey of introspection that led to his denouncing his former beliefs, but change did not happen over night, and when it did, it came with a cost. Once considered a leading light in the white power movement, Burdi is now considered a traitor to the cause. Burdi, however, has his own cause now: helping those still involved in the white power movement find their way out. www.LifeAfterHate.org

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  • Chris Charbonneau

    Excellent cast – similar story of disenchantment with “the movement” similiar to  “Führer-Ex: Memoirs of a Former Neo-Nazi -Ingo Hasselbach” except from the American side and the rise of Resistance Records

  • Wanted

    White Powder!!

  • Graham

    Geroge is just an attention seeker, and this is just one more example of this. He loves anything that keeps him in the limelight, and has not stood against a single thing he claims to no longer to believe in. Seeing that he felt the need to defend Hitler against genetic evidence that Hitler was part jewish, its pretty evident his belief system is completely intact. This is all bullS*%T!

    • Matt Staggs

      Wow, a former member of Rahowa. Nice of you to drop by. 

    • George

      I have no idea what you are referring to. We didn’t discuss Hitlers ancestry.

      • Guest02

         Good to see you on here George. I actually recall seeing you on MTV in the early 90s, which was weird that MTV gave RaHoWa any attention at all because of the stance the band had.  I was never in that world and only recall seeing mention of you again when it was announced online that you had left the white power movement. That is when I listened to some of the Rahowa music to actually hear what it sounded like & I have to say that the music itself on the second album was actually very well done & reminded me a lot of Type O Negative. I don’t agree with the lyrics & the sentiment behind them, but they seemed much more intelligent than the standard white power thug nonsense that the rest of that scene create. Again, I’m far from a racist & was interested in hearing the actual music that that scene created & it was all juvenile nonsense with the message being “I hate…”.

  • Carl alexander

    He didnt start Rahowa, Jon Latvis did!! And the only reason George started a multi-racial band and marry an east-indian was so he could cowardly stay out of jail. Hes a coward and an attention whore.

    • Matt Staggs

      Another member of Rahowa? How long until we have the entire band here?

      • TennesseeCyberian

        A fantastic interview, Mr. Staggs.  Burdi’s ambigious stance on race and identity after leaving “the movement”–caught between the isolated worlds of staunch racial purity and flavorless multiculturalism–is much more interesting than abrasive platitudes of antifa-types. 

        I especially appreciate Burdi’s observation that dull-witted people are attracted to racial pride because they mask their own inadequacies through a vicarious association with others’ achievements.

        Multiculturalists show a similar mix of vanity and weakness when they claim badges of inter-racial honor earned by association or solidarity with their favorite ethnic groups.
         
        My curiosity is piqued by Burdi’s shifting personal mythology, though. 
         
        During your interview, Burdi claims that he was first introduced to white power ideology after an being thrown out of class by a history teacher over his report on his girlfriend’s father’s Nazi views on WWII, after which he personally went to her father for answers.  He said this happened when he was 16. 
         
        Yet in this 2001 interview with the SPLC, he claims that he’d never been interested in race until he was 18, after “finding” a book in the girlfriend’s father’s house:
         
        http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2001/fall/present-at-the-creation
         
        Faulty memory or romantic fiddlesticks?
         
        Also, considering that the SPLC has collected millions of dollars by propagating the fear of murderous racist legions seething beneath the surface of American society, I found this quote from Burdi to be an interesting contrast:
         
        “People have this impression that there is a large, well-organized, brooding underground. In reality all these P.O. boxes are just P.O. boxes.  It’s a glass tiger…There are a very small number of [white power movements], and it’s not well organized.”
         
        I question the breadth of Burdi’s awareness, but no more so than the sensational image of the SPLC’s “Hate Map.”

  • That Guy

    In the not so far future everybody will have a nice, light dusting of coco complexion. The blender got turned on a long, long time ago guys.

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