Sikh Slayings: White Anxiety Gone Extreme

America's browning drives a backlash that found its most virulent strain in Wade Michael Page.

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(The Root) — When Wade Michael Page walked into a Wisconsin temple last week, murdering six Sikh worshippers and critically wounding three others, it was an incident waiting to happen.

As the neo-Nazi loser marched through the temple randomly shooting one Sikh after the next, perhaps the “14 words” motto of white supremacists was running through his warped mind: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.

To the insecure and frightened haters in our nation, the end of white dominance in America is increasingly inevitable. Besides being red, white and blue, the good old US of A is steadily becoming brown, black and yellow — a majority-minority nation.

During a 12-month period that ended July 2011, for the first time in America’s modern history, more minority babies were born than white babies. Casually referred to by white supremacists as members of “the mud races,” Hispanic, black and Asian newborns made up 50.4 percent of the nation’s births during that period. Just 22 years ago, minority births accounted for a much lower figure — 37 percent.

“White supremacist groups have been having a meltdown since the Census Bureau predicted that non-Hispanic whites would lose the majority by 2050,” said Mark Potok, spokesman for the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitored Wade Michael Page in particular for the past 12 years, and hate groups in general for much longer than that. “The demographic change in this country is the single-most-important driver in the growth of hate groups and extremist groups over the last few years,” he told ABC News.

Last year Potok’s organization reported that hate groups in America had exploded to more than 1,000 from 602 at the beginning of the millennium.

Domestic terrorist Page, a 40-year-old U.S. Army reject, who died from a self-inflicted wound during the Oak Creek massacre, could take credit for some of that growth. For more than a decade, Page had been playing hate music. He played with white-power heavy-metal bands affiliated with Hammerskins Nation, and he led a couple of bands of his own, Definite Hate and End Apathy. His music appealed to other young white losers, creating new haters every day. It also raised money to help bankroll other hate groups like the National Alliance, the violent hate group that inspired Timothy McVeigh to blow up a Oklahoma City federal building in 1995.