A former neo-Nazi covered up his swastika tattoos and abandoned white supremacy after striking up a rapport with a female black parole officer.
Ex neo-Nazi, Michael Kent, said Tiffany Whittier is responsible for saving him from falling back into harmful beliefs. “If it wasn’t for her I would have seeped back into it,” Kent told ABC News, recounting the time he spent as a youth in Arizona.
“Before all this, I wouldn’t work for anybody or with anybody that wasn’t white,” he said. Now he considers her family.
“I’m not here to judge him. That’s not my job to judge. My job is to be that positive person in someone’s life,” said Whittier.
Whittier encouraged Kent to replace Nazi flags hanging in his living room with smiley faces. Kent said her solution worked like a charm and helped bring a good attitude and smile to the office instead of anger.
“I don’t want my kids to live the life I lived and live with hate,” said Kent. “I want my kids to know me for who I am now—a good father, a hard worker, and a good provider.”
Whittier also inspired Kent to get his tattoos removed by Redemption Ink, a non-profit that removes hate-related tattoos at no cost. It took 15 hours to remove the swastikas.
Kent is not the only neo-Nazi who has changed his ways. Former white supremacist, Christian Picciolini, spoke out to NPR about riot events in Charlottesville, Va., and co-founded Life After Hate, a nonprofit that advocates for peace.
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