March 2, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
The Riley Institute

Derek Black shares his views on the insurrection

The January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol underscores how our democracy is flawed and fragile. While the attack was unsuccessful, the dangers of disinformation and emboldened domestic extremist groups continue to threaten the long-term stability of our nation.

On March 2 at 6 p.m., Derek Black, a former leader in the white nationalist movement, will join Furman faculty member Aaron Simmons, PhD, for a virtual conversation about the undercurrents, identities, and passions that motivated the January 6 mob. Simmons studies the philosophy of both religion and politics.

Join us and learn more about the importance of addressing the unsettling realities our country is facing.

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About Derek Black

Derek Black spoke at StraightTalk 2019, Nationalist Fervor on the Rise in the U.S. and Europe, presented by the Riley Institute and OLLI at Furman.

Derek Black grew up at the epicenter of white nationalism. His father, Don Black, founded Stormfront, the largest racist community on the internet. His godfather, David Duke, was a KKK Grand Wizard. By the time Derek turned 19, he was regarded as the leading light of the burgeoning white nationalist movement.

In college, he encountered diverse perspectives and for the first time questioned the science, history, and prejudices behind his worldview. Eventually, at tremendous personal cost, he disavowed everything he was taught to believe. He is the subject of Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist by Pulitzer prize-winning author Eli Saslow.