Eli Saslow's "Rising Out Of Hatred" Is A Story Of Repenting Racism

May 31, 2019

Derek Black grew up at the center of white nationalism. His father founded Stormfront, the largest racist community on the Internet, and his godfather, David Duke, was a KKK Grand Wizard. By the time Derek was 19, he had become an elected politician with his own daily radio show and a growing voice in white nationalism. But after enrolling in college and growing his circle of friends outside a cloistered and racist movement, Derek began to question those beliefs.


In his book, Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist, journalist Eli Saslow spent years interviewing Derek Black and others within white nationalism. Charting Derek’s transformation from a young evangelist in an ugly and violent movement, to his current role as an outspoken critic of white nationalism, Saslow’s book is a powerful story of protest, change, and friendship.

Eli Saslow is a staff writer for the Washington Post and a contributor to ESPN The Magazine. He has won a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting and a George Polk Award for national reporting, and has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. His works include Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President and American Hunger: The Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post Series.