After seeing Arno Michaelis in a CNN interview, and the response from LifeAfterHate.Org to the senseless, hate-filled attack on the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin, I was moved to find out a little more about both this co-founder, and the organization.
Please take a few minutes and watch the video, and learn more about these men (and women) trying to be good in these times… We’ll have more later, but please support and share the important information that there are ways out of Hate.
In this video, Michaelis admits that he once shared the same ideology and violence as the shooter who attacked the Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and explains how he and his fellow white supremacists arrived at their hateful ideology, and how they maintained it. He says, “I was attached to an ideology… that was cast to portray me and my comrades as the good guys, even though we were the ones going out and attacking people because of the color of their skin, or because of their sexuality. We were so twisted because we limited ourselves strictly to information sources that agreed with this ideology…”
Now Michaelis is doing something different with the Life after Hate program. Please visit their site, and watch the video above. Arno Michaelis’ message of personal responsibility will resonate with almost all of us.
From the LifeAfterHate.Org Website:
Founded by reformed white power skinheads, and the dear friends who helped inspire their turnaround, the mission of Life After Hate is to demonstrate and reinforce the primal, basic goodness of humanity. The first issue of LAH, released on the 2010 birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., features reflective essays by those who have returned from the depths of the white racist movement to share their stories with the world in hope of helping others to avoid making the same tragic and misguided mistakes. Leading this effort are co-founders and former racist skinheads, Christian Picciolini, who recently finished his memoir Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead, and Arno Michaels, author of My Life After Hate. Christian was lead vocalist for the hate-rock bands Final Solution and White American Youth, while Arno was the singer in One Way and Centurion. Both were pioneers in the early racist skinhead movement in America.
Racist skinheads by no means hold a monopoly on hate and violence. Life After Hate is a venue where anyone concerned with racial and human rights issues can speak their mind and contribute to the overall theme of peace, equality, and inclusion.