A brave conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eli Saslow about interviewing a former White Nationalist.
Eli Saslow will speak about his experience interviewing former White Nationalist Derek Black, David Duke’s godson and former leader of the youth White Nationalist Movement. Through compassion and education Black renounced his involvement in the movement risking his life and walking away from the family and community he grew up in. This event will explore the rise of white nationalism and political polarization in contemporary America and point toward overcoming divisions and hatred.
In his Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage for The Washington Post, Eli Saslow, who has been called “one of the great young journalists in America,” reveals the human stories behind the most divisive issues of our time. From racism and poverty to addiction and school shootings, Saslow’s work uncovers the manifold impacts of major national issues on individuals and families.
Saslow’s book, Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist, charts the rise of white nationalism through the experiences of one person who abandoned everything he was taught to believe. Of the book, Ibram X Kendi says, “The story of Derek Black is the human being at his gutsy, self-reflecting, revolutionary best, told by one of America’s best storytellers at his very best. Rising Out of Hatred proclaims if the successor to the white nationalist movement can forsake his ideological upbringing, can rebirth himself in antiracism, then we can too no matter the personal cost. This book is an inspiration.”