Former Extremist and Peace Advocate Christian Picciolini discussed his latest book, Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism, as well as efforts to counter white nationalist recruitment with Chicago Public Schools teacher and organizer Nora Flanagan. Together, they have compiled additional reading and resources for those interest in further exploration of this topic.
If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Breaking Hate, please consider supporting our local independent bookstore, The Bookstall, and place an order through their website.
Christian Picciolini's conversation with Nora Flanagan, hosted by Wilmette Public Library, is available to view for those who were unable attend.
If you are interested in getting involved in Christian's work, please visit the following resources:
"Black Lives Matter: From Hashtag to Movement" A lesson plan from the Antidefamation League.
Teaching Tolerance: Race and Ethnicity Resources This page from the Southern Poverty Law Center provides articles and talking points for having conversations about race.
White Nationalism Explainer from Facing History and Ourselves
“Racists Are Recruiting. Watch Your White Sons” Op-Ed from New York Times
“This is How White Supremacy Comes To Your Neighborhood” Blog post from Scary Mommy
Dispatches from the Race War by Tim Wise
How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism by Christian Picciolini
Christian Picciolini is an award-winning television producer, a public speaker, author, peace advocate, and a former violent extremist. Christian chronicles his involvement and exit from the early American white-supremacist skinhead movement in his memoir, White American Youth. He now leads the Free Radicals Project, a global extremism prevention and disengagement network, and has helped over 300 individuals leave hate behind. He showcases his disengagement work in a second book, Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism, published in February 2020 by Hachette Books, as well as the MSNBC documentary series of the same name.
Nora Flanagan is a veteran high school English teacher in Chicago and has researched and organized against racism for decades. Efforts have included speaking to law enforcement and other government agencies, school administrations, community groups, and media outlets about the intersection of bigotry and youth culture. Nora is also a Senior Fellow with the Western States Center, a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon, working nationally to confront hate groups and strengthen inclusive democracy. She recently co-authored Confronting White Nationalism in Schools, a toolkit designed to help schools thoughtfully and effectively respond to incidents of racial hostility and proactively strengthen school communities.
If you would like to support the work Christian is doing, please consider donating to the Free Radicals Project.