A Former Neo- Nazi Skinhead, Now What?

January 24, 2016

Constitution quoting religious fanatics with guns taking over government land might seem as extreme as you could take your beliefs in god and country. But you can take it further. Christian Picciolini is the former leader of the US’s first neo-Nazi skinhead organization. He too was acting out of patriotism. He was also acting out of hate and white supremacy. The title of his 2015 memoir, “Romantic Violence” says it all. But Christian quit being a neo-Nazi skinhead. And in 2010, he co-founded a nonprofit peace advocacy groups called Life After Hate that helps youth leave extremist groups. Charles Monroe-Kane sat down with Christian for a frank discussion on racism.


I appreciate Picciolini's honesty and transparency in revealing, and owning up to the shadowy and violent side of consciousness. I didn't appreciate Mr. Monroe- Kane's undertone of disdain and self-righteousness. I can understand his disgust for Mr. Piccolini's past deeds, but not as a journalist. He seemed to be making an effort to distance himself from the interviewee via his tone, so as not to imply sympathy or be in an way complicit with Mr. Piccolini. If a journalist makes such effort to express disdain for someone else, it makes me wonder what unconscious violence he as not acknowledged in himself.