Join the community conversation inspired by the book "Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist" by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eli Saslow. Hosted by the Congregation Shalom Social Justice Committee, this is the Second Annual One Community Read, and everyone is welcome!
This book tells 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 Storm Front, the largest racist community on the internet. His godfather, David Duke, was a KKK Grand Wizard. By the time Derek turned 19, he was regarded as the "leading light" of the white nationalist movement. In this book, Black tells the story of how white-supremacist ideas moved from the far-right fringe to mainstream American. It can help us understand what is happening in this American moment, and to better understand one another.
The Congregation Shalom Social Action/Social Justice Committee is very excited to have Whitney Taylor as the moderator. She is Political Director in the Public Advocacy Department at the ACLU in Boston. Ms. Taylor has worked on legislative and initiative campaigns around the country and has been in Massachusetts since 2010. She holds a BA in Criminal Justice and an MS in Public Policy from American University in Washington, DC.
Don't worry if you haven't read the book yet. If you would like to learn more about this book quickly before the discussion, visit:
to listen to an hour of the NPR show Fresh Air where Terry Gross interviews Derek Black and the author Eli Saslow.
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