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It’s a bit difficult to summarize how I feel about this book which (like others have written, I could barely put down-even during the busy Christmas time). Part of it scares me, because it’s made clear to me just how established racism is in thought and politics in this country, and how just how bad the issues in the US are to allow the current president to arrive as a symptom of these racist divides. But the book also gives me hope, because beyond providing me with the tools of articulating arguments against the people in my own life who are no where near logging onto Stormfront or anything, but will still tolerate those that do, Derek’s personal journey shows what the power of informed, rational discussions (and I guess it’s true there must be plural) can accomplish. Thank you to Derek for the courage to share his story and to Eli Saslow for the professional and engaging telling of it.
I love how this book manages to tell the story of Derek Black, his family and friends without judging their choices. While it shows the struggle of Derek, it also makes clear why or how people develop racist views and how rasicst language has made it's way back into everyday politics.
In many ways, this book mirrors my 10 year transition from a conservative, Rush listener to my rejection of the Republican Party and it's slow, but steady decline to a party of negative, hate based ideology best exemplified by Trump and his enablers. I found it compelling.
An amazing redemptive story that provides a small glimmer of hope in such dark times with the rise of hate and bigotry. "Rising Out of Hatred" is a modern day St. Paul on the Road to Damascus conversion tale of the white nationalist Derek Black, son of a KKK Grand Wizard and godson of David Duke. Unlike St. Paul, Black's conversion was years in the making starting when he enrolled in a small liberal arts college in Florida.
The story of Derek Black's conversion is so effective because it is told by a third party who did impeccable research from first party interviews to having access to plenty of source material (text, emails, etc). There is a lens of objectivity that shines through from Saslow's narrative that would have been nearly impossible if this was written by Black himself. This is not an overnight conversion, but a hard struggle to undo years of one's mind being warped by hate, intolerance and lies. We see the struggle of Black to overcome such indoctrination as well as the bonds of family and the power of others who question their own role in trying to help Black, unsure of whether this is right to who they are and whether someone can overcome such hate.
I found myself transfixed by this story, particularly Allison, her strength and perseverance to see something redemptive in Black to devote so much of herself to him. During a time when it can be hard to see hope from the anger, hate and rage fueling so many, this provides a glimmer of hope that there is a path to love and respect for others unlike us that is possible. The road out of hatred is not easy, but it is possible.
This is not a book of hate. It is an honest and intimate revelation of who the leaders of the white supremacists are, what they believe and why Donald Trump was elected by their support. It is the effort by of one of the three of the most prominent leaders in the white nationalist movement, Derick Black, a reformed racist, and heir to the leadership of Stormfront, to warn the country about the racist agenda of the Trump administration. It is Derick Black’s way of making amends for the harm that he has caused by preaching racism for nearly two decades. Dylan Roof was a member of Black’s Stormfront and was acting upon the ideas he learned from Derick on Stormfront when he shot and killed nine blacks in church. Derick lives with that. Agreeing to do this book is part of his restitution to us.