White American Youth: My Descent into America's Most Violent Hate Movement—and How I Got Out (2020)

White American Youth: My Descent into America's Most Violent Hate Movement—and How I Got Out Christian Picciolini White American Youth My Descent into America s Most Violent Hate Movement and How I Got Out A stunning look inside the world of violent hate groups by a onetime white supremacist leader who shaken by a personal tragedy realized the error of his ways and abandoned his destructive life to be
  • Title: White American Youth: My Descent into America's Most Violent Hate Movement—and How I Got Out
  • Author: Christian Picciolini
  • ISBN: 9780316522908
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Paperback
White American Youth: My Descent into America's Most Violent Hate Movement—and How I Got Out Christian Picciolini A stunning look inside the world of violent hate groups by a onetime white supremacist leader who, shaken by a personal tragedy, realized the error of his ways and abandoned his destructive life to become an anti hate activist As he stumbled through high school, struggling to find a community among other fans of punk rock music, Christian Picciolini was recruited by a noA stunning look inside the world of violent hate groups by a onetime white supremacist leader who, shaken by a personal tragedy, realized the error of his ways and abandoned his destructive life to become an anti hate activist As he stumbled through high school, struggling to find a community among other fans of punk rock music, Christian Picciolini was recruited by a now notorious white power skinhead leader and encouraged to fight with the movement to protect the white race from extinction Soon, he had become an expert in racist philosophies, a terror who roamed the neighborhood, quick to throw fists When his mentor was arrested and sentenced to eleven years in prison, sixteen year old Picciolini took over the man s role as the leader of an infamous neo Nazi skinhead group Seduced by the power he accrued through intimidation, and swept up in the rhetoric he had adopted, Picciolini worked to grow an army of extremists He used music as a recruitment tool, launching his own propaganda band that performed at white power rallies around the world But slowly, as he started a family of his own and a job that for the first time brought him face to face with people from all walks of life, he began to recognize the cracks in his hateful ideology Then a shocking loss at the hands of racial violence changed his life forever, and Picciolini realized too late the full extent of the harm he d caused Raw, inspiring, and heartbreakingly candid, White American Youth tells the fascinating story of how so many young people lose themselves in a culture of hatred and violence and how the criminal networks they forge terrorize and divide our nation.
White American Youth: My Descent into America's Most Violent Hate Movement—and How I Got Out Christian Picciolini White American Youth Christian Picciolini White American Youth takes the reader into the depths of the hate movement and sheds a valuable light on the mindset of those who can be lured into this dark world Christian s astonishing change of heart is a testament to our endless capacity for personal transformation. White American Youth My Descent into America s Most Jun , White American Youth takes the reader into the depths of the hate movement and sheds a valuable light on the mindset of those who can be lured into this dark world Christian s astonishing change of heart is a testament to our endless capacity for personal transformation Lonnie Nasatir, regional director, Anti Defamation League White American Youth My Descent into America s Most Jun , White American Youth takes the reader into the depths of the hate movement and sheds a valuablelight on the mindset of those who can be lured into this dark world.Christian s astonishing change of heart is a testament to our endless capacityfor personal transformation.Lonnie Nasatir, regionaldirector, Anti Defamation League White American Youth NPR NPR coverage of White American Youth My Descent into America s Most Violent Hate Movement And How I Got Out by Christian Picciolini News, author interviews, critics picks and . White American Youth Discography Discogs White American Youth was an American white power group The vocalist later became an anti racism activist. White American Youth Christian Picciolini Dec , Simultaneously horrifying and redemptive AlterNet , White American Youth examines how radicalism and racism can conquer a person s way of life and how we can work together to stop those ideologies from tearing our world apart. White American Youth YouTube Oct , Provided to YouTube by CDBaby White American Youth White American Youth Walk Alone RRR Released on Auto generated by YouTube. A Former Neo Nazi Explains Why Hate Drew Him In And How Jan , On his band, White American Youth W.A.Y , and the way music was and still is used as propaganda It brings back a lot of shame, because I know that I Christian Picciolini

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  1. Leo Robertson

    Timely and highly compelling piece of narrative non fiction I just stayed up way too late to finish it What struck me most was the visceral nature of the prose The author s life is portrayed so vividly, from the loneliness, confusion and disaffection of youth to the joy of acceptance by someone at least Later, we feel the excitement of violence, the thrill of being something bigger than yourself, of playing in a band and having a room full of folk dressed like you go absolutely nuts It s easy to [...]

  2. Kristen

    I checked this book out after I listened to an interview with the author on NPR s Fresh Air I couldn t put it down.Not exactly for the faint of heart, this is a heartbreaking and horrifying story about a lonely, angry kid who gets swept up by a few charismatic individuals who offer him a sense of purpose and belonging, preying upon his sense of disenfranchisement which eventually leads to his indoctrination into America s white power skinhead movement He finds himself heading down a dark tunnel [...]

  3. Paul Fike

    White American Youth is a frank exploration of the life of Christian Piccioloni The book I s an enlightening exploration into the underbelly of the white nationalist skinhead movement in America As an insecure son of immigrant parents Picciolini discovered acceptance and purpose in a Chicago skinhead group After his mentor was imprisoned, Picciolini rose through the ranks quickly to become a national leader of this movement, as well as, the front man for a white supremacist band Through violence [...]

  4. Mike Davis

    I was lucky enough to find a copy of Christian s book at a recent conference, and I was already familiar with him through stories from other people For that reason I was than prepared to be a fan of this book It was not a pleasant read, that is, a good portion of this book is spent watching someone go deeper and deeper into an abyss It seemed inevitable at the start of things He was young and impressionable, and someone made an impression What would otherwise be leadership and ingenuity in any [...]

  5. Lorianne DiSabato

    Christian Picciolini is five years younger than me and comes from a similar working class Italian American background That might help explain why I was so personally troubled by his rapid descent into the neo Nazi White Pride movement Picciolini came from a good family who didn t raise him to be a racist, but he distanced himself from their loving influence as a teenager, when he started to emulate the hateful ways of his favorite skinhead bands and ultra violent friends As Picciolini describes [...]

  6. Danm

    A very different type of reading experience for two reasons One, I couldn t figure out how much of it was embellished for entertainment purposes after reading the entire book I m guessing not as much as I had anticipated Two, I had to put the book face down wherever I went because I feared others might get the wrong idea As far as the writing goes, he s a good storyteller and obviously intelligent He also keeps his readers in suspense with specific scenes and final conclusion not final solution [...]

  7. Sarah Deyoung

    I read this book in two days I think that anyone who cares about social justice needs to read this to understand how easily someone can get swept up and involved in extremist groups The writing is great and Christian s voice is compelling This is the best non fiction I ve read in years.

  8. Sasha

    This book made me really angry to read, but was also very eye opening I knew so little about this subculture I also didn t realize how much of their rhetoric is mainstream Republican talking points Very alarming with the recent uptick of white supremacist action.

  9. ems

    a great memoir the author has a compelling story his time as a leader in the white power movement his eventual disillusionment with it writes it well.

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