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You’re Not Hardcore: Confronting Negativity in the Hardcore Community

Originally Published: Sunday, July 17, 2005
Written by: Jabby Alexandria Bah

The Spark of the Discussion

I decided to write this because of my first reaction to a forum that made me want to kill someone. I recently came across a forum that asked bloggers to list their favorite hardcore bands. What caught my attention was when a guy put down a few of his bands and at the end wrote “Enough said.” The person to respond to that wrote “You and your looks say enough. Retard.”

The Growing Trend and Its Challenges

Now we all know hardcore is becoming the trend. There will be those who are just now discovering the music, let it be from the internet or dare I say MTV. Those who have been with hardcore from the beginning, or as long as they can remember, seem ready to fight anyone who wants to get into the music. But is this what Hardcore has come to? People just give an honest opinion and have to worry about being attacked. Hassled in a community that claims unity and togetherness. And even worse, using terms that a four-year-old does to let someone know you don’t think they’re cool enough?

Addressing the Root of Violence

I believe this is where the violence begins. It starts small when people let those who are just getting into the music, let it be because they want to follow the trend or they’re just new to the scene; they let these people bother them. Why? Is it any of your business why or how did this person get into the music? How did you get into the music? Everyone has their issues. What I don’t understand is why make it your business and your duty to belittle a person who is only trying to enjoy themselves.

A Call for Positive Change

What I suggest and what I’ve done is, if a person makes a wrong move about music, and is a beginner in a certain style, I simply let them know where they went wrong. While I may laugh a bit, I find no need to call them a faggot or an idiot. Everyone starts in all kinds of music, or all aspects of life, not knowing a thing a two. Instead of seeming just as bad as that guy who stabbed a kid after a show, or who gets in a kid’s face for calling Norma Jean hardcore; try being better than that, and try changing what the hardcore scene is turning into.

Comments
Written by Shasta_is_over_it on 2005-10-25 07:39:29I understand the mentality behind their behavior but there are definitely betters way to handle it. Instead of being a huge dick to someone who is new to the music why not educate them. Your age or however fucking long you have been around is not nearly as impressive as taking the time to talk to someone and give them some insight and history behind the music they are just starting to love and get into. All being a dick is going to do is scare them off and give hardcore a bad name.
Written by alright_bitchface on 2005-09-17 12:58:45a-fucking-men. 
 
 
this article caught my eye because my friend and i were just having a discussion this previous morning about what the hardcore scene has turned into. 
it makes me glad to know that we aren’t the only ones who think its turning into shit…or at least the people in it.
Written by venona on 2005-07-30 21:22:05I see a lot of people getting mad over this because of hardcore representing a sense of community. I understand the issue with people using scare tactics and jockish mentality to oppose someone being a bit ridiculous but you also have to take into consideration why this happens. The kids who have been in the hardcore scene for a period of time or even people who have liked it for a shorter period but love the meaning behind it see these people almost as a threat. Seeing someone come into your community and use it as a passing trend is almost a slap in the face. It’s the same as kids saying they are edge to be cool then breaking it when everyone starts smoking cigarettes and wearing tacky 80s clothes. When someone commits themselves to something or looks at something as family, friends, or a community when someone comes in and does it to be cool or because they are utterly bored they feel completely disrespected.  
 
I understand how they react isn’t a good one but you also need to understand where these people are coming from.
Written by Guest on 2005-07-24 17:30:23HARDCORE-ERS MAKE THEMSELVES LOOK BAD, I DON’T GET THE NEED FOR THE OSTRICIZING..I MAY BE THE STUPID ONE BUT WITH UR MOSH PITS AND EVERYTHING UR JUST ASKING FOR A VIOLENT ERUPTION…SMARTEN UP!! 
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Written by the jabby on 2005-07-24 10:40:53im confused..apparently none of these “hardcore” kids were African American…odd..
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Written by the jabby on 2005-07-24 10:39:50im confused..apparently none of these “hardcore” kids were African American…odd..
yup
Written by xarayajadex on 2005-07-24 18:41:25My thoughts exactly…it’s hard spreading that message though because a lot of the people that are into hardcore are militant tough guys that keep the mindstate of “oh, this guy is a loser for not knowing what was around him for some time”. Or at least that’s what I’ve seen. But I agree with you. If we want hardcore to progress for the better, we (as a whole) need to STOP CUTTING PEOPLE DOWN period.
Hardcore – Mom
Written by Guest on 2005-07-20 20:23:51Excellent article. It’s nice to realize that we all have to start somewhere. People are not born into music… they develop. Where or when, who know? 
 
Thanks for pointing this out! 
Written by Guest on 2005-07-23 13:05:50For shizzle my gangstah homie.
Written by xJuliex on 2005-07-22 12:18:35i holler at that! 
 
 
Written by venona on 2005-07-30 21:22:05I see a lot of people getting mad over this because of hardcore representing a sense of community. I understand the issue with people using scare tattics and jockish mentality to apose someone being a bit ridiculous but you also have to take into consideration why this happens. For the kids who have been in the hardcore scene for a period of time or even people who have liked it for a shorter period but love the meaning behind it see these people almost as a threat. Seeing someone come into your community and use it as a passing trend is almost a slap in the face. It’s the same as kids saying they are edge to be cool then break it when everyone starts smoking cigarettes and wearing tacky 80’s clothes. When someone commits themselves to something or looks at something as family,friends, and a community when someone comes in and does it to be cool or because they are utterly bored they feel completely disrespected.  
 
I understand how they react isn’t a good one but you also need to understand where these people are coming from.
Just Blaise
Written by Guest on 2005-07-20 20:17:05Keeping the shit real…thanks
Written by ryoko_itami on 2005-07-20 19:30:14Awesome thought and everything! I agree with every bit you’ve written and seriously this should just be posted EVERYWHERE!
Written by Buieruwen on 2005-07-20 14:07:55Absolutely. 
Written by Buieruwen on 2005-07-20 14:06:40Absolutely. 
Written by heffalump on 2005-07-19 19:34:23i totally agree with you. 
AMEN!
Written by Guest on 2005-07-19 12:52:56You hit it right on the head 
Written by Guest on 2005-07-18 21:41:02 nicely said!

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