suicide note

/ dave / arouet at
Sat Apr 24 00:35:02 PDT 1999

digloria at wrote:

> Eric's suicide note from WSJ. Anyone know what the last line 12Skitzo
> might mean?

"12" and "Skitzo" are references to two songs by Insane Clown Posse from Detroit, best described as the quintessential stupid suburban outcast group (I write this as a music lover and former suburban outcast myself, albeit nearly a generation removed). The songs:

"12" >

"Hokus Pokus" >

Their lyrics are rife with gratuitous sex and violence, with a strong apocalyptic bent that supposedly culminates with their as-yet unreleased sixth album. The mileau they inhabit is often pejoratively defined by upper-class whites as "wigger" (sic), i.e., african-american identified whites. For context, one can read hostile commentary re. the group ICP (and "white trash" [sic] in general) here:

This reveals some interesting dynamics vis-a-vis the ideological space Harris and his cohort felt themselves a part of, especially in relation to class/race issues in Littleton and beyond, and as discussed so far on this list. Any apologetics for Harris and Klebold would be severely misguided, but it would be remiss not to consider the origin of their torment and the conditions that led to their abhorrent actions. That they may have identified with ICP as noted above, not only on a simplistic level with respect to the vengeful fantasies portrayed in the lyrics but also with the social mileau ICP might be construed as representing (of which they were surely aware), sheds an interesting light on many of the analyses that have been presented thusfar.


/ dave /

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