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.