Posted on 09/30/2018 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

College is touted as opening up the minds of young people.

This was especially, fatefully true for Derek Black.

Black’s father was a grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and founded the white nationalist website Stormfront — which the young Black adapted into a companion youth site.

But the previously homeschooled Black made a number of friends at New College of Florida who not only didn’t share his racist views, but were also from minority groups themselves.

This exposure led to his renunciation of white nationalism — privately and publicly, in an article published by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

And now Black is the subject of Rising Out Of Hatred, a new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eli Saslow.

Saslow and Black both discussed the work, which also includes interviews with white-nationalist leaders like Black’s father, on Fresh Air.

Listen below or read highlights from the segment on NPR’s website.

Categories: Author Interview

Tagged As: Nonfiction, NPR, Politics

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