White supremacist leader David Duke’s godson lived a double life, where he ran an anti-Semitic radio talk show while dating a Jewish girl.
Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist tells the story of Derek Black who as recently as 2010 was separating his life as a 21-year-old at New College of
The book’s author Eli Saslow writes that he believed that ‘white nationalism wasn’t just a fringe racist movement’.
His father, Don Black, was also a KKK Grand Wizard, like Duke and founded the racist Stormfront internet forum.
. But when he went to college he was opened up to other races and made friends.
Derek Black (pictured), the godson of white supremacist David Dake and son of former Grand Wizard Don Black, lived a double-life as an anti-Semitic radio host while he dated a Jewish girl
Don Black (center), a former KKK Grand Wizard, saw other races as a threat to the survival of white people. He also founded the anti-Semitic website Stormfront
Derek is today dating Allison, a woman he met through his Jewish friends at Shabbat dinner
He became pals with a Peruvian boy, socialized with Orthodox Jews and even got a Jewish girlfriend named Rose.
It was an eye-opening experience for the anti-Semetic radio talk show host when he joined the institution, which has a 20 percent non-white student body.
Although he kept his background a secret, the book claims he tried to out himself on one occasion by leaving a copy of Details magazine in the school’s gym that featured his name and could expose him.
David Duke (left and right) cut off Derek as did his father when he wrote an open letter against white nationalism in 2013
While it didn’t work in April 2011, a student researching a thesis on domestic extremism saw his name on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website The Extremist Files and it took over the student forum.
Derek found out that his true identity had been revealed while he was spending a semester in Europe.
While he felt liberated in one way, he desperately didn’t want to lose the friendships he’d formed.
‘He had expected to feel some relief at being freed from his double identity, but instead he found himself mourning all of the relationships he’d lost,’ the book details.
Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist tells the story of Derek Black
While he ended up losing his girlfriend, other members of the Jewish community worked to get him to see his ideologies were wrong.
It took years to show Derek, who believed ‘whites were better served living apart from other races’ and ‘words like ‘racist’ had been invented to demonize well-meaning white people’.
Derek was under the impression that there was a high risk of white genocide and even showed recent census data about rising minority population in the United States as proof.
However by attending Shabbat dinners with Jewish friends he changed his tune.
Derek also met another woman named Allison at the Sabbath day gatherings each Friday, who despite initially opposing the idea of him joining the meals and temporarily halting her own attendance, eventually warmed to him.
He finally was cut off from his family and godfather in 2013 after openly shunning white nationalism.
Derek still has contact with his parents but the book claims their relationship has deteriorated..
‘I can’t support a movement that tells me I can’t be a friend to whomever I wish or that other people’s races require me to think about them in a certain way or be suspicious at their advancements,’ he wrote in a letter on the website of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
‘Minorities must have the ability to rise to positions of power, and many supposed ‘race’ issues are in fact issues of structural oppression, poor educational prospects and limited opportunity. I believe we can move beyond the sort of mind-boggling emphasis white nationalism puts on maintaining an oppressive, exclusive sense of identity — oppressive for others and stifling for our society.’