Redemption: There Is Life After Hate
A life after hate is possible. People do exist who used to hate but now promote tolerance, diversity and mutual understanding. They include a skinhead and convicted felon; a former organizer for the White Aryan Resistance and manager of a racist rock band; and a skinhead leader, Neo-Nazi recruiter and convicted kidnapper. These three former members of the American violent far-right extremist movement gave up their racism and hate and in 2011 formed the US non-profit Life After Hate, Inc.
Its mission: “Life After Hate is dedicated to inspiring individuals to a place of compassion and forgiveness for everyone, including themselves.”
What does Life After Hate do? In its own words: “Based on our own powerful narratives of transformation and decades of experience in the extreme far-right, we support schools, community groups, NGOs, and other organizations that have a desire to understand, teach, heal, prevent, and counter racism and violent extremism in their communities.”
One of the non-profit’s programs is ExitUSA, which is “dedicated to helping individuals who wish to disengage from the white power movement and build a more positive life. Founded and run by former hate group members who have led successful lives post-movement, ExitUSA provides support to individuals who are looking to leave racism and violence behind. The organization uses a variety of strategies, including public awareness campaigns, individualized education and job training programs, and leveraging community partnerships to help individuals get their life back on track.”
To learn more about the individual stories of Life After Hate’s founders and how they overcame abuse, abandoned crime and survived incarceration, buy their books and at the same time support their efforts to help soothe the pain and destruction associated with hate and violence.
Life After Hate promises “No judgment. Just help.”