Please visit the College Reads! Related Resources Browsing Section in the Book Nook on the first floor of Addlestone Library to check out print books related to Saslow's Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist.
Eli Saslow will be in Charleston October 29 and 30 for campus and community events. His public talk will be Tuesday, October 20th at 7:00 in RITA 101.
About the Book & Author
Rising Out of Hatred is the story of Derek Black. Derek is the son of Don Black, a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and the founder of the first and largest neo-Nazi website, Stormfront. Derek’s mother, Chloe Hardin Black, is former Klan leader David Duke’s ex-wife, and David Duke is Derek’s godfather. In 2010, Derek enrolled in New College: The Honors College of Florida and largely operated under the radar, continuing to broadcast his white nationalist radio show even as he befriended Hispanic and Jewish students.Through his personal relationships with other students, Derek began to question his longstanding commitment to white nationalist beliefs.
The author, Eli Saslow, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and a staff writer for The Washington Post. Saslow first heard about Derek Black when he was working on a story about Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who in 2015 killed nine African-Americans parishioners at Emanuel AME Church two blocks from campus. Roof had spent a lot of time on Stormfront. When Saslow visited the site, he read many posts celebrating Roof and denouncing Black as a traitor to the movement. The book is based on personal conversations with Derek Black, his family, faculty and students at New College in Sarasota (FL), Derek’s friends at New College, and members of Stormfront. Check out the author's website to learn more about Eli Saslow's work.