14/88 is a code used by some racist skinheads, Neo-Nazis, and
other white supremacists.
The number 14 stands for the "14 Words statement." It was authored by
white supremacist David Lane (now in prison for 190 years). He was the
leader of The Order, a Northwest-based terrorist organization that was
responsible for numerous bank robberies and the killing of talk show host
Alan Berg in 1984 (the 1999 film Brotherhood of Murder is based on
the story of this organization). Lane (in absentia) and his wife later
founded hate-press-distributing 14 Words Press.
"We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white
This has been a rallying cry
and an identification mark for white supremacists
far and wide. Available wherever such views are subscribed to
The number 88 is an abbreviation for Heil Hitler. 'H' is the eighth
letter of the alphabet; repeated twice, it yields HH. There is also some
similarity in shape between '88' and 'HH', exploited to good effect by skinhead
artists. David Lane has written the 88 Precepts, a rather
significant document for white supremacists. The symbol was supposedly spread
in the Sixties by James Rosenberg, a Jewish (!) Neo-Nazi.
Recently, Target was forced to pull a line of clothing called '88'
because of Anti-Defamation League protests. All of the items of this line were
prominently adorned with the number. The clothes were designed by Target's
design branch, Utility; it is not known whether there is any white