In May 2017, NJOHSP hosted over 250 federal, state, and local intelligence and law enforcement, academic, and private-sector partners for the 2nd Annual Domestic Terrorism Conference. The event provided a forum to discuss the threat of extremists and groups aligned with race-based, single-issue, anti-government, and religious ideologies in the United States. Over the last several weeks, you have heard from some of the experts who shared their research and insights at the conference.
In the final episode of the 2017 Domestic Terrorism Conference series, former white supremacist Frank Meeink discusses his radicalization process to extremism. His story provides an insight into white supremacist ideology, recruitment strategies, and his efforts to help others leave the movement. Part One will take a look at his indoctrination and what eventually lead him to leave and speak out against hate.
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Frank Meeink is a former recruiter for the neo-Nazi movement and leader of a skinhead gang. He joined the movement in his early teens and by 17, Frank was hosting a cable access show called The Reich to recruit more people into the neo-Nazi movement. By 18, he was doing hard time in an Illinois prison. He has written a memoir of his time as an extremist in a book titled Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead and the film American History X was loosely based on Frank’s life. Frank now speaks about tolerance and diversity and has partnered with the Philadelphia Flyers to launch a hate prevention program called Harmony Through Hockey.
Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead
Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead is Frank Meeink’s raw telling of his descent into America’s Nazi underground and his ultimate triumph over hatred and addiction. In time, Frank partnered with the Philadelphia Flyers to launch an innovative hate prevention program called Harmony Through Hockey. He is currently developing a similar program for the Iowa Chops, an AHL team affiliated with the Anaheim Ducks. The story of Frank Meeink’s downfall and redemption has the power to open hearts and change lives.
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