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Originally Published: Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Written by: Billy Ransom  

Beyond Boundaries: The Role of Hardcore in Fostering Community Bonds

In its 20 to 25 years of existence, hardcore has been open to everyone who ever wanted to feel a part of something special.

It has always been an exclusive creative and aggressive outlet, as well as a means of forming bonds between young, bold, good-hearted and good spirited individuals, whether male or female. All who chose to participate and give their blood, sweat, tears, and time that they should have been dedicating to their studies, did so to be left with very little to regret. Hardcore has always been about not regretting being who you are and accepting everyone else for who they are. The punk community itself, since 1977, has always been about tolerance and accepting people and forming friendships. Everyone who was into it knew that it was to be the only thing that would accept them. And it was the only way that those who were part of it, would allow it to be.

A Personal Journey: Finding Acceptance in the Hardcore Scene

This was probably the main reason why I got into hardcore, knowing full well that I am in a wheelchair. I was always into aggressive music. I had denied that the bands I was into prior to getting into hardcore were popular and trendy. Even bands like Slipknot, who swore themselves against MTV, had started getting notoriety by their very enemy. I figured it was just an inevitable thing that any band that became popular would have to face. This is, however, an entirely different topic that I am not going to try to get into too much. The important thing is that I needed some form of true and honest release.

I talked to someone via e-mail about 5 years ago, who started talking to me about a website I should check out. First of all, I’m not even sure I remember why the e-mails started going back and forth, but I remember I was into bands like Poison the Well and Hopesfall. I’m still a big fan of the albums I heard then, not so much the new stuff. I remember I would get the shit hazed out of me when I joined this message board. It never really stopped, for the entire time I was a part of it. Half of the reason was because of the fact that I am in a wheelchair. No one wanted to own up to it, though. Huh, that is strange, isn’t it?

I’ve been going to shows now for 5 years, and for the first few weeks, I got a little bit of shit for it. I came to expect it, though. One example is that I brought my sister to a show, and someone made a comment about me not being really straight edge, and she came back with something to the effect of “shut the hell up” but I just shushed her up, so it wouldn’t cause any real problems.

Challenging Stereotypes: A Wheelchair User’s Experience in the Hardcore Community

Being in a wheelchair, and being in the scene, has been pretty interesting I guess for everyone else. I don’t really know anything different, but I can kind of see where everyone else is coming from as far as what they think of me being a part of it. I am respected, for more than just the fact that I am not able to walk, yet I’m able to mosh. I give respect, to get respect. That’s how it works in the scene anyway. I feel I show my manners properly better than most people in the scene today. It’s not because I am different from everyone else. In fact, I’ve realized that I’m no different from anyone else. I don’t get treated differently (generally), and I really don’t expect or want to be treated differently.

Hardcore’s Inclusive Ethos: Building a Family Beyond Labels

Yet I am treated differently by everyone in the scene because the hardcore community treats people differently than anyone else in society. It treats its participants like family. This is a family. Black, white, Hispanic, Arabic, disabled, track runner, male, female: these are all labels. They mean nothing. We are a community. We are all the same. We are all a family. This is hardcore.

i guess
Written by Guest on 2006-01-31 01:46:23when i was younger, hardcore seemed like it was about loving people who were strong enough to live life as themselves. now, i feel like hardcore is girls with sparrow tattoos and guys with serious insecurities looking for new ways to dominate. im really glad to read this because it reminds me of the few hardcore kids ive met and really respected–not the vast majority ive either been afraid of or thought were completely isolated from real life and real decisions. 
take care–
Written by Guest on 2006-01-29 11:40:23
thanks for the feedback
Written by billyxransom on 2005-12-20 15:40:18it is a different approach, but it’s my approach. it’s unique, and it’s mine to kinda call my own. like i said, i’m respected in my scene. 
thanks again, hun. 
Written by XCarolynX on 2005-12-20 14:46:59that’s hardore family for life and im glad that you stuck with this scene even though the kids out there can be mean.. we are all for the same cause..
Written by REFUSEbecky on 2005-12-20 14:06:50Wow, taht’s a really different approach to hardcore.  
I’m glad you haven’t ranted on about how you’re treated so unfairly for being in a wheelchair. I like :]

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