aside The Diary Of A Former White Nationalist Who Was David Duke’s God-Son, Derek Black

Derek Black, 27, was following in his father’s footsteps as a white nationalist leader until he began to question the movement’s ideology. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

Below is a post 2016 election New York Times article, featuring a former White supremacist, with a story which has ended up being very prescient to the Charlottesville, VA. events. This is where a white nationalists’ held rally turned violent, causing the death of a beautiful young lady and at least 19 injuries, during the weekend of August 12, 2017. Subsequently, to this tragic event the world watched in shock as the republican President Donald Trump argued that there was a moral equivalency between the White supremacist hate groups and those who opposed them.

This is how the 10/15/16 Washington Post article by Eli Saslow portrayed the former White nationalist, Derek Black:

“(2008)The room was filled in part by former heads of the Ku Klux Klan and prominent neo-Nazis, but one of the keynote speeches had been reserved for a Florida community college student who had just turned 19. Derek Black was already hosting his own radio show. He had launched a white nationalist website for children and won a local political election in Florida. “The leading light of our movement,” was how the conference organizer introduced him, and then Derek stepped to the lectern.”

“The way ahead is through politics,” he said. “We can infiltrate. We can take the country back.”

“He was not only a leader of racial politics but also a product of them. His father, Don Black, had created Stormfront, the Internet’s first and largest white nationalist site, with 300,000 users and counting. His mother, Chloe, had once been married to David Duke, one of the country’s most infamous racial zealots, and Duke had become Derek’s godfather. They had raised Derek at the forefront of the movement, and some white nationalists had begun calling him “the heir.”

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Here is the rest of the story…

On November 28, 2016, R. Derek Black of the New York Times penned the following report, “Why I Left White Nationalism.”

“I could easily have spent the night of Nov. 8 elated, surrounded by friends and family, thinking: “We did it. We rejected a multicultural and globalist society. We defied the elites, rejected political correctness, and made a statement millions of Americans have wanted to shout for decades.”

“I’d be planning with other white nationalists what comes next, and assessing just how much influence our ideology would have on this administration. That’s who I was a few years ago.”

“Things look very different for me now. I am far away from the community that I grew up in, and that I once hoped could lead our country to a moment like this.”

“I was born into a prominent white nationalist family — David Duke is my godfather, and my dad started Stormfront, the first major white nationalist website — and I was once considered the bright future of the movement.”

“In 2008, at age 19, I ran for and won a Palm Beach County Republican committee seat a few months before Barack Obama was elected president. I received national media attention and for a while couldn’t go out without being congratulated for “telling them what’s what.”

“I grew up in West Palm Beach across the water from Donald J. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, and he was always a loud presence in the neighborhood. I would drive a pickup truck with a Confederate flag sticker past his driveway each morning on my way to the beach and my family would walk out into the front yard to watch his fireworks on New Year’s Eve.”

“It surprises me now how often Mr. Trump and my 19-year-old self would have agreed on our platforms: tariffs to bring back factory jobs, increased policing of black communities, deporting illegal workers and the belief that American culture was threatened. I looked at my white friends and family who felt dispossessed, at the untapped political support for anyone — even a kid like me — who wasn’t afraid to talk about threats to our people from outsiders, and I knew not only that white nationalism was right, but that it could win.”

White nationalists carry torches on the grounds of the UVA, on the eve of a planned Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Alejandro Alvarez/News2Share via REUTERS

“Several years ago, I began attending a liberal college where my presence prompted huge controversy. Through many talks with devoted and diverse people there — people who chose to invite me into their dorms and conversations rather than ostracize me — I began to realize the damage I had done. Ever since, I have been trying to make up for it.”

“For a while after I left the white nationalist movement, I thought my upbringing made me exaggerate the likelihood of a larger political reaction to demographic change. Then Mr. Trump gave his Mexican “rapists” speech and I spent the rest of the election wondering how much my movement had set the stage for his. Now I see the anger I was raised with rocking the nation.”

“People have approached me looking for a way to change the minds of Trump voters, but I can’t offer any magic technique. That kind of persuasion happens in person-to-person interactions and it requires a lot of honest listening on both sides. For me, the conversations that led me to change my views started because I couldn’t understand why anyone would fear me. I thought I was only doing what was right and defending those I loved.”

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“I think the “Hamilton” cast modeled well one way to make that same connection when they appealed to Vice President-elect Mike Pence from the stage: “We, sir — we — are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us.” Afterward, the actor Brandon Victor Dixon explained, “I hope he thinks of us every time he has to deal with an issue or talk about a bill or present anything.” I’m sure Mr. Pence believes his policies are just. But now he has heard from individuals who are worried about those policies. That might open him to new conversations.”

“I never would have begun my own conversations without first experiencing clear and passionate outrage to what I believed from those I interacted with. Now is the time for me to pass on that outrage by clearly and unremittingly denouncing the people who used a wave of white anger to take the White House.”

Virginia State Troopers stand under a statue of Robert E. Lee before a white nationalist rally. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

“Mr. Trump’s comments during the campaign echoed how I also tapped into less-than-explicit white nationalist ideology to reach relatively moderate white Americans. I went door-to-door in 2008 talking about how Hispanic immigration was overwhelming “American” culture, how black neighborhoods were hotbeds of crime, and how P.C. culture didn’t let us talk about any of it. I won that small election with 60 percent of the vote.”

“A substantial portion of the American public has made clear that it feels betrayed by the establishment, and so it elected a president who denounces all Muslims as potential conspirators in terrorism; who sees black communities as crime-ridden; who taps into white American mistrust of foreigners, particularly of Hispanics; and who promises the harshest form of immigration control. If we thought Mr. Trump himself might backtrack on some of this, we are now watching him fill a cabinet with people able to make that campaign rhetoric into real policy.”

White nationalists march in Charlottesville. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

“Much has been made of the incoherence of Mr. Trump’s proposals, but what really matters is who does — and doesn’t — need to fear them. None of the ideas that Mr. Trump has put forward would endanger me, and I once enthusiastically advocated for most of what he says. No proposal to put more cops in black neighborhoods to stop and frisk residents would cause me to be harassed. A ban on Muslim immigration doesn’t implicate all people who look like me in terrorism. Overturning Roe v. Wade will not force me to make a dangerous choice about my health, nor will a man who personifies sexual assault without penalty make me any less safe. When the most powerful demographic in the United States came together to assert that making America great again meant asserting their supremacy, they were asserting my supremacy.”

“The wave of violence and vile language that has risen since the election is only one immediate piece of evidence that this campaign’s reckless assertion of white identity comes at a huge cost. More and more people are being forced to recognize now what I learned early: Our country is susceptible to some of our worst instincts when the message is packaged correctly.”

“No checks and balances can redeem what we’ve unleashed. The reality is that half of the voters chose white supremacy, though saying that makes me a hypocrite. I was a much more extreme partisan than a vast majority of Trump voters and I never would have recognized that label.”

A white nationalist speaks to the media during a rally. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

“The motivations that led to this choice are more complex. I have no doubt many of his supporters voted thinking he’d soften his rhetoric, that his words didn’t really matter. The words were not disqualifying for them because they don’t see, or refuse to see, what the message of hate will reap.”

‘Most of Mr. Trump’s supporters did not intend to attack our most vulnerable citizens. But with him in office we have a duty to protect those who are threatened by this administration and to win over those who don’t recognize the impact of their vote. Even those on the furthest extreme of the white nationalist spectrum don’t recognize themselves doing harm — I know that because it was easy for me, too, to deny it.”

“That is the opening for those of us who disagree with Mr. Trump. It’s now our job to argue constantly that what voters did in elevating this man to the White House constitutes the greatest assault on our own people in a generation, and to offer another option.”

White nationalists clash with a group of counter-protesters. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
REUTERS /Joshua Roberts

“There are millions of Americans who don’t understand why anyone might worry about the effects of this election. They see it as “feelings” versus their own real concerns. Those of us on the other side need to be clear that Mr. Trump’s callous disregard for people outside his demographic is intolerable, and will be destructive to the entire nation.”

“If I had not changed, I would have been jubilant after this election and more certain than ever that anxiety from a shrinking white majority would result in the election of more people who tap into this simple narrative. Now I’m convinced this doesn’t have to be our destiny.”

“Mr. Trump’s victory must make all Americans acknowledge that the choice of embracing or rejecting multiculturalism is not abstract. I know this better than most, because I’ve followed both paths. It is the choice of embracing or rejecting our own people.”

Related Article:

Former White Nationalist Derek Black – The Brian Lehrer Show – WNYC     http://www.wnyc.org/ 8/23/17/ YouTube interview

10 comments

  1. “Through many talks with devoted and diverse people there — people who chose to invite me into their dorms and conversations rather than ostracize me — I began to realize the damage I had done…”

    There is hope and here is the answer…

    Thank you for posting.

    • Dear E,

      Whoever chose to talk to this young man instead of ostracizing him without trying to reach out to him changed a life for the better and saved many others from harm.

      There is a nonprofit group “Life After Hate” made up of former White nationalists who are reaching out to those who are still stuck in the life style.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. WOW. Just that … WOW. At some point in reading this, I felt a need to step away for a brief moment (I stepped into the kitchen where a cookie called my name … a no-no for a diabetic, but … bye-bye, cookie 🙂 ). This man, coming from inside the white supremacist movement and realizing that the way of bigotry is not the right way … he has tremendous power. I loved what he said “No proposal to put more cops in black neighborhoods to stop and frisk residents would cause me to be harassed. A ban on Muslim immigration doesn’t implicate all people who look like me in terrorism. Overturning Roe v. Wade will not force me to make a dangerous choice about my health, nor will a man who personifies sexual assault without penalty make me any less safe.” This explains so much, and he has the power to make a difference. I am so glad you decided to post this. I am sharing, as soon as I can come up with a worthy intro. Thank you, Gronda. Hugs!!!

    • Dear Jill,

      He does have quite the story. Those students in his college could have legitimately treated him like a pariah, but instead, they reached out. How many folks would have told those students that they were wasting their time?

      It does take a lot of courage to truly change one’s outlook and so I can’t help but admire this young man.

      Thanks a million for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda.

  3. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    The godson of former KKK grand poobah David Duke speaks out and our friend, Gronda, brings us his perspective. I need not introduce this post, for it speaks VERY POWERFULLY for itself. If you read no other post today, please read this one. Thank you, Gronda … this post gives us all hope that even those raised in the dark shadow of racism can open their eyes and turn a corner.

  4. Acceptance and conversation has the power to change minds but of course the opposition would say the poor boy was brainwashed , so the question arises how should we brainwash (or educate ) our children? What type of people do we aim to produce? Might I suggest not clones of ourselves but rather those who look at themselves and the consequences of their actions on others. Sam Harris suggested well-being of others to be a good moral yardstick and he is right.

    • Dear Kersten,

      WELCOME!

      This is the miracle. Growing up in a White Supremacist household is like being part of a cult. It is difficult to step away from this lifestyle.

      Parents who truly love their children help them to be their best selves, free to be who they are and not an extension of the parent. This means raising children that are decent human beings who like treating others with dignity and respect. We all want our children to grow up happy with a sense of self-worth.

      THANKS FOR STOPPING BY AND HUGS, Gronda

    • Dear Roger,

      You can tell that he has been receiving a lot of love after he transformed himself. There is joy in seeing a young man saved from a life of living in hate. Life is hard enough without this burden.

      Hugs, Gronda

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