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  • Writer's pictureRhiannon Foster

I was a neo-Nazi.But my plans for protecting the white race were upended when my skinhead girlfriend

Toronto Star | October 20, 2019

Tony McAleer, who came from a middle-class upbringing in British Columbia, channelled his rage into first joining skinhead groups and later recruiting for neo-Nazi groups including the White Aryan Reistance. Of this passage from his book The Cure for Hate: A Former White Supremacist’s Journey from Violent Extremism to Radical Compassion, McAleer writes:

The ego was in full control, and my life was full of conflict — conflict with my parents, my girlfriend, society in general, and most of all myself. In that world of conflict, there was negativity and judgment everywhere — to Jews, immigrants and women. The irony is that out of that world of ideology and violence that was also so filled with misogyny, that the catalyst that sparked the re-awakening of my heart, my return to humanity and feeling, was holding my daughter.

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