At 14 years old, Christian Picciolini got involved with a racist skinhead group in Chicago’s south suburbs. For the next several years Picciolini promoted the idea of white supremacy. But in his early twenties he had a change of heart, and renounced his ties with the White Power movement. In December, Picciolini talked with Dan Cooper, from Adler University as part of our StoryCorps series. Picciolini talks about his own transformation and trying to help others through a non-profit he co-founded called Life After Hate.
This story was recorded through a partnership between StoryCorps and Adler University.
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