NBC TODAY: White supremacists recruit teens by making them feel someone cares

NBC TODAY | 21 Aug 2017
Christian Picciolini

One afternoon in 1987, Christian Picciolini, then 14, was smoking a joint in an alley when a man in a muscle car pulled up and started chatting with him.

“Don’t you know that (smoking pot) is what the Communists and Jews want you to do to keep you docile?” he said.

At his age, Picciolini had never heard of Communists or Jews or even the word “docile.” And in 1987, the teen certainly didn’t know that the bald man wearing Doc Martens was a skinhead, a member of a white supremacist, nationalistic, and anti-semitic group that aligns with Nazism.

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