Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist

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Pulitzer Prize winner Eli Saslow, in his compassionate reportage of how Derek Black repudiated his white nationalist upbringing, offers explanations of the far-right’s troubling beliefs while also showing that change is possible. As the son of Don Black, founder of the racial hate site Stormfront, and godson to David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, Derek Black was destined to become the next great leader of the white nationalist movement. At a young age, Derek was already shaping the movement by launching a racist website for children, making impassioned speeches, winning a Republican committee seat in Palm Beach County, and joining his father in a weekday broadcast of their radio show. But shortly after leaving his hometown to attend New College, known as one of the most liberal schools in Florida, Derek began to question for the first time everything he had been taught.

Rising Out of Hatred further explodes the post-racial myth. Both alarming and hopeful, Saslow’s account of Derek’s unlikely transformation into a white civil rights advocate is gripping from start to finish. With direct quotes from interviews with Derek and those involved in his conversion as well as detailing Derek’s private conversations, messages, and Internet posts, Saslow relays Derek’s story with extreme honesty and respect, despite the unpleasant and sensitive subject.


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Author Eli Saslow
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 304 pages
Publisher Doubleday
Publish Date 2018-09-18
ISBN 9780385542869
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Issue Mar-19
Category Biographies & Memoirs
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