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Rising out of hatred : the awakening of a former white nationalist, Eli Saslow

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Rising out of hatred : the awakening of a former white nationalist
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Rising out of hatred
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the awakening of a former white nationalist
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Eli Saslow
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Awakening of a former white nationalist
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eng
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"From a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, the powerful story of how a prominent white supremacist changed his heart and mind Derek Black grew up at the epicenter of white nationalism. His father founded Stormfront, the largest racist community on the Internet. His godfather, David Duke, was a KKK Grand Wizard. By the time Derek turned nineteen, he had become an elected politician with his own daily radio show - already regarded as the "the leading light" of the burgeoning white nationalist movement. "We can infiltrate," Derek once told a crowd of white nationalists. "We can take the country back." Then he went to college. Derek had been home-schooled by his parents, steeped in the culture of white supremacy, and he had rarely encountered diverse perspectives or direct outrage against his beliefs. At New College of Florida, he continued to broadcast his radio show in secret each morning, living a double life until a classmate uncovered his identity and sent an email to the entire school. "Derek Black...white supremacist, radio host...New College student???" The ensuing uproar overtook one of the most liberal colleges in the country. Some students protested Derek's presence on campus, forcing him to reconcile for the first time with the ugliness his beliefs. Other students found the courage to reach out to him, including an Orthodox Jew who invited Derek to attend weekly Shabbat dinners. It was because of those dinners--and the wide-ranging relationships formed at that table--that Derek started to question the science, history and prejudices behind his worldview. As white nationalism infiltrated the political mainstream, Derek decided to confront the damage he had done. Rising Out of Hatred tells the story of how white-supremacist ideas migrated from the far-right fringe to the White House through the intensely personal saga of one man who eventually disavowed everything he was taught to believe, at tremendous personal cost. With great empathy and narrative verve, Eli Saslow asks what Derek's story can tell us about America's increasingly divided nature. This is a book to help us understand the American moment and to help us better understand one another"--
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  • Persuasion triumphs over ideology in this searching account of a young man questioning his caustic beliefs by Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post reporter Saslow (Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President). Derek Black, son of white nationalist leader Don Black and godson of ex-Klan Imperial Wizard David Duke, was, at the age of 19, a star of the white nationalist movement with a radio show on which he preached racial separatism and claims of white persecution by minorities and Jews. Then in 2010 he began attending the ultra-liberal New College of Florida. His presence, Saslow writes, caused a furor, with many students denouncing and shunning him as a racist, but others reached out: a Jewish student invited him to regular Shabbat dinners, and he began a relationship with a woman who challenged his racial doctrines with scientific studies and demanded that he think about the impact of his views on people he knew. That sustained engagement eventually convinced Black to repudiate his racist views—and forced a wrenching break with his family. Saslow tells this story with an impressive evenhandedness and empathy for everyone involved. The result is a gripping and timely examination of the “alt-right” subculture and the potential for dialogue and moral reasoning to overcome hateful dogmas. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed 05/14/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 20, p)
  • Son of Don Black, founder of the huge racist Internet community Stormfront, and godson of KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, Derek Black had his own white nationalist radio show at age 19, which he broadcast secretly while attending liberal New College in Florida. Students vociferously challenged him when his cover was blown, while others reached out—an Orthodox Jew invited him to Shabbat dinners—and Black felt compelled to question his beliefs. From a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 04/01/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 6, p45)
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Saslow (Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President, 2011) delivers a memorable story of a prodigal son who broke with white supremacy thanks to the kindness of strangers. It is a small irony that Derek Black abandoned the nationalist, white power movement at just about the time that a president entered the White House who consciously put white nationalist rhetoric at the center of his campaign. Black came by his race hatred naturally, following his father's ideology as the founder of Stormfront, the neo-Nazi clearinghouse, and that of his godfather, KKK stalwart David Duke. From his father, Black carried the urgent message that whites were being made victims of cultural genocide in their own country, a grievance of the loss of privilege. However, he had a different vision in which hooded, hidden supremacists would become respectable, persuading his father to outlaw "slurs, Nazi insignia, and threats of violence or lawbreaking" from the Stormfront website. Thus Charlottesville, with its clean-cut, polo shirt-wearing torchlight parade marchers. By then, though, Derek was long gone. Bright, well-read, and skilled in debate, he had gone off to college in Florida, and there, his home-schooling parents' worst nightmare was realized: He formed a bond with a Jewish girl, though he continued his agitating, and when his identity as a white nationalist was exposed, a Jewish conservative invited him to exchange ideas. Black's eventual renunciation of the nationalist cause threw his parents into turmoil; as Saslow writes, his father hoped that "maybe Derek was just faking a change in ideology so he could have an easier life and a more successful career in academia." But absent widespread changes of heart, Black's story is an anomaly, if an instructive one—and one that closes with a dark message that conflict is looming as the white nationalist movement appears to be mushrooming. A sobering book that deserves a wide audience among politics-watchers in an age of reaction. (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2018)
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Saslow, Eli
Dewey number
  • 320.54092
  • B
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no index present
LC call number
E184.A1
LC item number
S245 2018
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Black, Derek
  • New College of Florida (Sarasota, Fla.)
  • White supremacy movements
  • White nationalism
  • Men, White
  • Attitude change
  • Intercultural communication
  • Hate groups
  • Whites
  • United States
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Nationalism
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations
  • Attitude change
  • Hate groups
  • Intercultural communication
  • Men, White
  • Race relations
  • White nationalism
  • White supremacy movements
  • United States
  • United States
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the awakening of a former white nationalist
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Rising out of hatred : the awakening of a former white nationalist, Eli Saslow
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The Great White Hope -- Have you seen this man? -- I'm not running away -- Pushing the rock -- Solid and unshakeable -- A million questions -- This is scary -- Another debate, and another midnight -- I'm torn -- I have to do this now -- So much worse than I ever thought -- Primed for this revolution -- All-out mayhem -- We were wrong
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on1037883573
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
288 pages
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9780385542869
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2017061173
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unmediated
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(OCoLC)1037883573
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Rising out of hatred : the awakening of a former white nationalist, Eli Saslow
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The Great White Hope -- Have you seen this man? -- I'm not running away -- Pushing the rock -- Solid and unshakeable -- A million questions -- This is scary -- Another debate, and another midnight -- I'm torn -- I have to do this now -- So much worse than I ever thought -- Primed for this revolution -- All-out mayhem -- We were wrong
Control code
on1037883573
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
288 pages
Isbn
9780385542869
Lccn
2017061173
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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(OCoLC)1037883573

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