||The Black Page Project is a
campaign aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of media and public scapegoating.
On April 20th, 1999, two Colorado youths entered their high school
with guns and pipe bombs and took the lives of 12 students and a teacher. It was a
horrible act of violence committed by two deeply troubled teenagers, and is currently the
worst incident of school violence on record.
The general response, as it often is in events such as this,
was to look desperately for possible causes, no matter how obscure or disjointed.
Many newspapers, magazines, television and radio programs and public speakers were quick
to blame the incident on two basic factors:
- the Goth movement, a fashion, music, literature, and art
trend among young people
- specific elements of entertainment industry, namely: movies
such as "The Matrix" and "Interview With A Vampire," music
groups such as Marilyn Manson and KMFDM, video games such as "Doom" and
"Quake," and role-playing games such as "Vampire: The Masquerade" and
"Dungeons & Dragons."
|The Black Page Project's message
is as follows:
1. That the loss of life in
these acts of violence is tragic, and has been felt by all of us .
2. That looking for scapegoats in situations such as these
is a step backward, not forward, and will never result in a real solution to the real
3. That the fear and hatred generated by such scapegoating
is making matters worse, not better, as it encourages the abuse and discrimination of
those who are "different."
|One of the tools that the Black
Page Project will use to increase awareness is the "Black Out," in which
participating sites will display a black page for their entry page on April 20th, 2000.
This page will include a statement of respect for the loss of life in the Colombine
tragedy (and others), and some basic information about the project and how to become a
|A section of the Black Page will
be set aside as a sort of guestbook / petition, allowing those who have read and agree
with the page to sign their name to it. This will be a list of names and locations
of those who have "signed" the page.
|This is an idea that is still in
it's infancy, as could be easily guessed by the quality of this page. All
correspondence should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your time,
William J. Walton