Rising Out of Hatred -- Eli Saslow
Derek Black grew up schooled in racist ideology and was heir-apparent to the while nationalist movement. But in college he came to reexamine his racist beliefs and eventually repudiated them, denounced white nationalism, and publicly divorced himself from the movement. It was quite a shock when all this happened several years ago, and now in Rising Out of Hatred, Eli Saslow recounts Black’s remarkable transformation. An award-winning reporter for the Washington Post, Saslow has crafted an extensive, intimate, and riveting narrative of the evolution of Black’s beliefs, helped by the willingness of Black and his family and friends to cooperate, even allowing access to personal emails, Facebook conversations, and message board chats. While the book focuses on the journey of a single former white nationalist, the story reflects America’s larger ongoing struggles with racism and provides lessons about the potential for dialogue and moral reasoning to overcome hateful dogmas.