White nationalists love Tucker Carlson, and other startling discoveries in "Rising Out of Hatred" - 2018-09-18
As many sadly predicted, the campaign and election of a blatant racist like Donald Trump has led to a surge in the white nationalist movement in the United States. There's been an escalation of right wing terrorist actions, aggressive recruitment for white nationalist groups, and, perhaps most disturbingly, a mainstreaming of white nationalist views through conservative outlets such as Fox News.
But even as more white Americans start flirting with embracing the politics of white supremacy, there is at least one man who was born into the heart of the white nationalist movement and has since walked away. Derek Black, who has since changed his name, was once the princeling of the white nationalist world: Young, charismatic, intelligent. He was the son of the founder of Stormfront, the godson of David Duke, and an ambitious radio talk show host who had big ideas about taking their fringe views nationwide. And then, after a painful process of introspection and education, Black renounced racism and left the movement.
Tuesday, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eli Saslow released his new book, "Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist," which gives a detailed accounting of Black's painful, complicated journey as he left the world of white nationalism and tried to find a new identity and community to replace the one he left behind.