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Keith Lowell Jensen thinks you should punch Nazis. In this collection of essays, stories, interviews, and rants, he tells us why. Jensen grew up and into the Sacramento punk music scene in the late eighties and early nineties, where weirdos, LGBTQ folk, feminists, and allies strived to carve out safe community spaces. This scene also attracted a different kind of outsider—white supremacists and Nazi skinheads—making for a politically charged and complicated landscape. In Punching Nazis, he reflects on his experiences with these racist fringe groups that infiltrated the progressive scene that gave rise to bands like Green Day. From unwittingly driving around in a lowrider with a gang called "The Suicidals," to a night doing stand-up with a clown with an unwanted Swastika tattoo, Jensen brings his brand of subtle, sincere comedy to reflect on the complicated relationship that punk music has with racist skinheads and what we should do about it. In recent times, Americans are surprised to find groups like the Klan, and more recently the "Racial Realists" and the "Alt-Right," are still prominent, and now as they grow increasingly emboldened, it's intriguing and valuable to hear tales of those who, through the love of punk rock music, have a history of dealing with racist fringe groups.
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Keith Lowell Jensen thinks you should punch Nazis. In this collection of essays, stories, interviews, and rants, he tells us why.
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      • content: "[Punching Nazis] is a unique portal into America's white supremacy problem, specifically the country's short-term memory, and it's done with a lot of humor."
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        April 15, 2018
        Give fists a chance.As a boyhood veteran of the Sacramento punk scene, Jensen became uncomfortably familiar with white supremacy before it began veering toward mainstream acceptability. In this scattered collection of polemics, broadsides, stand-up routines, social commentary, and personal anecdotes, the street-wise author and comedian mainly leads with his heart. His heart tells him that racism is wrong, wrong enough to deserve a punch in the nose whenever one encounters it. However, he notes early on, "full disclosure; I've never punched a Nazi. This is my great shame." Regardless, Jensen supports those who do, even if he admits that sometimes those folks are just looking for a brawl. Take his ambivalence toward a group that some readers might not know: "The SHARPS, Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice." You have to be up on your cultural codes and tribes to understand that shaved "skinheads" originally embraced everything about Jamaica: the culture, the rhythms, the black musicians--until the shorn style was adopted by militant white racists who transformed that culture into their stomping grounds. Hence the SHARPS, who represent a rejection of that racist stereotype and a return to the original ethos--ostensibly. A club promoter suggested to the author that they weren't really effective anti-Nazi warriors but rather "just dudes who wanted to fight. They cloaked it in some kind of ideal but they were just dudes who wanted to fight." Jensen admits to his own ambivalence: "I didn't like a lot of the SHARPS, and I loved several of them," before concluding, "whatever other issues I may have had with them, I will always admire them for their Nazi punching. Well done, crew, well done." His sentiment toward Antifa--the aggressive anti-fascist protestors--is similar: "If you think Antifa groups are as bad as Nazis, please stop being the right's tool." This is a book about right and wrong, and if right stops wrong with a punch, so much the better.Neither a nuanced political analysis nor a typical comedian's laughfest.

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