Christian Picciolini is an Emmy Award-winning director and producer, a published author, a TEDx speaker, and a reformed extremist. He is the co-founder of Life After Hate, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding long-term solutions that counter racism and violent extremism. His latest book is titled White American Youth: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement – and How I Got Out.
Some interesting insights from this episode:
- “Hatred is born of ignorance. Fear is its father and isolation is its mother.”
- Hear about the tactics hate groups use to recruit.
- The birth of his children was the impetus he needed to reprioritize his values and walk away from his former life.
- The first step in counseling others to leave the extremist movement is just listening.
- The people who join the extremist movement aren’t generally swayed initially by their philosophy. Most are just searching for identity, community and purpose.
- Learn how the African American who forgave him for the physical violence he once caused was the trigger that gave him the courage to tell his story to the world.
- The way we can help is to show compassion to those who deserve it the least because those are the ones who need it the most.
- “Excellence is being the best human being that you can be.”
Christian’s book: White American Youth: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement – and How I Got Out https://www.amazon.com/White-American-Youth-Americas-Movement/dp/0316522902/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1515354532&sr=8-1&keywords=christian+picciolini
Christian’s website: www.christianpicciolini.com
Christian’s one on one talk with Richard Spencer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U5zCbwFizA