Christian Picciolini: My descent into America's neo-Nazi movement -- and how I got out
克里斯蒂安 · 皮乔里尼: 我是如何陷入了美国的新纳粹运动 ─ 和我是如何脱离出来的
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began 22 years ago,
开始于 22 年前，
supremacist skinhead movement
from the time I was 14 years old,
从我 14 岁开始，
and youngest members
America's most violent hate movement.
in the mid-1960s
things got a little bit more difficult.
a young family and a new business,
just to earn a meager living.
was pretty nonexistent.
they loved me very much,
and become very angry.
through my teenage years,
attention from my parents.
and I was smoking a joint,
with a shaved head and tall black boots,
and he looked me in the eyes,
and the Jews want you to do
and watching "Happy Days" --
was the bad Russian guy
baring my soul with you,
what the word "docile" meant.
had offered me a lifeline.
marginalized and bullied.
who I was, where I belonged,
had pulled me in,
with every fiber of my being.
as the leaders of this organization
who felt marginalized
with promises of paradise
of that infamous organization
and who had radicalized me.
no evidence of it whatsoever,
every Jewish person in the world
through a multiculturalist agenda.
and the drugs in the city,
that I was committing acts of violence
who were funneling drugs
my parents were hardworking immigrants
from anybody else.
and inflict untold pain
and their families' lives.
from young women in the movement,
they were conditioned to trust,
of violence against people,
was an upcoming race war.
and performed racist music
to the internet decades later
a young white nationalist
South Carolina, church
nine innocent people.
who was not in the movement,
in the delivery room that day,
with some of the innocence that I had lost
我 14 岁时丢到的纯真，
me to the movement to begin with:
struggling with as a young boy.
of who I was again.
挣扎于 “ 我是谁 ” 的概念。
that I had manufactured around me
and I wanted to project it onto others,
that I had physically given life to?
a better place for my family?
who I'd been for the last eight years.
不知道过去 8 年的我是谁。
to walk away at that moment,
that was happening inside of me,
could have been averted.
for the benefit of my family,
I could go to jail or end up dead,
white-power music in, of course,
a racist store selling racist music
allow me to be there.
stock the shelves with other music,
that I was selling
from all over the country to buy it
to buy the other music.
to talk to me.
had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
conversation or interaction with,
had been diagnosed with breast cancer,
came in with their son,
that they loved their son
that I loved mine.
or justify the prejudice
music from the inventory
to sell it in front of my new friends.
couldn't sustain itself,
nearly everything in my life.
I'd been a part of for eight years,
that I'd really known for most of my life.
because I closed the store.
with my parents, even though they tried.
and disengaged quickly enough.
was concerned about my well-being,
because I don't want to see you die."
apply for a job where she worked,
covered in hate tattoos.
high schools multiple times.
back at my old high school,
where I had committed acts of violence
of the school for equal rights for whites
but Mr. Johnny Holmes,
I had gotten in a fistfight with,
years out of the movement,
under the weight of my past,
I had tried to outrun it.
and cover my tattoos with long sleeves,
Mr. Holmes out to the parking lot --
decision that I made.
he was getting into his car,
and he recognized me,
and all I could think to say was,
of some broken go-nowhere kid
join a gang and go to prison.
of every young person who was vulnerable,
community and purpose,
to whoever would listen.
a hardworking immigrant family
nudge us off our path,
down pretty dark corridors.
on our journey in life,
or the help to navigate around them
end up doing bad things.
who had potholes is Darrell.
that turned out."
we could certainly do that."
of going back and forth with Darrell,
military veteran who had been injured
not being able to go to Afghanistan
a Muslim man in the park praying,
was kick him in the face.
a Muslim person before?"
anything to do with them."
and I went into the bathroom
from the bathroom,
imam, I need a favor.
about your religion."
for Darrell to go,
15 minutes left for us,
for a prayer service.
we came out after hugging and crying
bonding over Chuck Norris for some reason.
that Darrell and the imam,
at the local falafel stand,
from each other.
and isolation is its mother.
we tend to be afraid of it,
it turns into hatred.
I've helped over a hundred people
from white supremacist groups --
is not by arguing with them,
for their potholes,
to compete in the marketplace
to blame the other,
with one last thing before I go.
they will all tell you the same thing.
not because of ideology or dogma.
they least deserved it from,
to leave you with a challenge:
hopefully every day --
is undeserving of your compassion
ABOUT THE SPEAKERChristian Picciolini - Counter-extremism specialist
Christian Picciolini is dedicated to helping others counter racism and extremism.
Why you should listen
After leaving the white supremacist skinhead movement he helped build in America during the 1980s and 90s, Christian Picciolini earned a degree in international relations from DePaul University. He launched Goldmill Group, a global media and counter-extremism consulting firm. In 2016, he won an Emmy Award for his role in producing an anti-hate advertising campaign aimed at helping people disengage from violent extremist groups. His life since leaving the white-supremacist movement over two decades ago has been dedicated to helping others counter racism and extremism by founding such organizations as ExitUSA and Life After Hate.
Picciolini has spoken all over the world, sharing his unique and extensive knowledge, teaching all who are willing to learn about building greater peace through empathy and compassion. His involvement in the early American skinhead movement is chronicled in his memoir WHITE AMERICAN YOUTH: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement—and How I Got Out (Hachette). He is co-developing a television docu-series based on his work helping people disengage from violent ideologies.
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