Why I Left White Nationalism: Derek Black with Dr. Marcia Chatelain…


Date: May 09, 2017

01) Why I Left White Nationalism: Derek Black with Dr. Marcia Chatelain


“Derek Black grew up in the white nationalist movement and now speaks out against it. His father, Don Black, is the founder of Stormfront, the internet’s largest white nationalist website; his godfather is former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke. As a child, Derek was brought up in the center of the white nationalist movement and some even nicknamed him “the heir.”

After being raised in this community however, Derek began to change. Upon attending college and being embraced by a circle of diverse friends, Derek was forced to reconsider the world-views and beliefs which he had once held so passionately. Derek no longer believed in white nationalism and disaffiliated himself from the movement and values of his childhood. Derek’s story has been featured by The Washington Post and he also authored a recent op-ed in The New York Times.

In a conversation with Dr. Marcia Chatelain of the Georgetown University History Department, Derek discussed about his experiences with the white nationalist movement, why he chose to leave it, and what can be learned from his story, along with other topics.

The conversation took place on January 26th at 7:30PM in Copley Formal Lounge.

The Lecture Fund is thankful for the support of our co-sponsors, The Hoya, Georgetown University Black Student Alliance, SOCA, and The Jewish Student Association.”

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