Tony McAleer, subject of “Healing from Hate,” was a white nationalist leader before he saw the light. He has some advice for how to reach Trump fanatics like the Capitol rioters.
Tony McAleer, author of The Cure For Hate: A Former White Supremacist’s Journey from Violent Extremism to Radical Compassion, is featured in the documentary Healing From Hate: Battle for the Soul of a Nation, which comes out on demand on Jan. 22. He found an outlet for his teenage rage in the street violence of the skinhead scene. He then grew deeply involved in the White Aryan Resistance (WAR), rising through the ranks to become a leader, and embraced technology and the budding internet to bring white nationalist propaganda into the digital age. After fifteen years in the movement, it was the outpouring of love he felt at the birth of his children that inspired him to start questioning his hateful beliefs. Thus began the spiritual journey of personal transformation that enabled him to disengage from the highest levels of the white power movement. Today, Tony is an international speaker, change-maker, and loving father of two. As co-founder of the non-profit organization Life After Hate, he has made it his mission to help people leave hate groups.
Tony McAleer served as a skinhead recruiter for the White Aryan Resistance (WAR) until he saw the light and walked away. Here, he writes about why we must help the lost among us.