A white nationalist changes his stripes

Derek Black was raised and groomed to be a white nationalist. His father had a provocative radio show and he has been pictured with David Duke. Why is he in the news? Because he renounced his white nationalist upbringing and has embarked down a better path.

The attached link will take you to an interview that appeared on PBS Newshour earlier this week. Rather than say too much, I encourage you to read the transcript or watch the interview. In short, he said the belief that whites are under fire is strong, especially with the changing demographics. But, he said it is “not real.” It is a mantra sold on fear.

When he got to college, he was ostracized by people he respected, once they learned he was a white nationalist. They told him his stance was hurtful to them. It bothered him more than he thought it would. He was also invited to attend a weekly Jewish meal of fellowship. It was light on questions and heavy on welcoming. It changed him.

Please spend a few minutes to watch or read the attached piece.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/derek-black-grew-up-as-a-white-nationalist-heres-how-he-changed-his-mind

3 thoughts on “A white nationalist changes his stripes

  1. Note to Readers: This piece reminds me of the song from “South Pacific” regarding “You have to be carefully taught.” The key line is y”ou have to be carefully taught, by the time you are seven or eight, you have to be carefully taught to hate who your parents hate.”

  2. Excellent share, Keith! I read about him a year or so ago, and was impressed that he was able to listen to others, think, and rise above his upbringing. We can only hope that many others will do the same. Thank you!

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