Former White Supremacist Christian Picciolini on Disengaging From Extremist Movements [AUDIO]

WXXI Rochester, NY

We talk with a former neo-Nazi about his work helping people disengage from hate groups. Christian Picciolini was 14 years old when he joined a white supremacist group. He left it eight years later after he began to question its ideology. As NPR reports, "He remembers a specific incident in which he was beating a young black man. His eyes locked with his victim, and he felt a surprising empathy. It was a turning point."


Picciolini now helps members of hate groups disengage from extremist movements. He will be in Rochester as a guest of Monroe Community College next week, but first, he joins us on Connections.