See how NCF students made a difference in the life of white nationalist Derek Black

From People Magazine, September 13, 2018

Black with David Duke in 2008.  Brandon Kruse/The Palm Beach Post

Growing up, Derek Black had little doubt about what the future held when he became an adult. He was determined to carry on the work his parents—Chloe and Don (founder of the white nationalist website Stormfront)—had spent decades devoting their lives to, promoting the idea that the U.S. should be purged of all non-white races.

“I was pretty confident that white nationalist activism would be a big part of my life,” Black, 29, tells PEOPLE in an interview that appears in this week’s magazine. “I thought it was so important that I felt that I kind of had to.”

But then a handful of college friends helped Black open his eyes and ultimately renounce the group’s racist philosophy, a sanitized version of white supremacy. In 2013, he abandoned the white nationalist ideology in a letter posted on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website that made headlines and “devastated my parents,” recalls Black.

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