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- Jordan B., Facebook post
I work in a prison and know about the Neo-Nazi/skinheads!
"When I heard Frank Meeink interviewed on National Public Radio recently, I knew I had to buy this book. I work in a prison, and know of this kind of belief system that the minority of white young men espouse to feel less powerless in an overwhelmingly black prison population. It is a microcosm of the powerlessness felt by increasing numbers of young white males in a country which, probably by this 2010 census, will be revealed that a number tipping over 50% of the population will be listed as "people of color" as compared with the percentage of white population in the U.S. Why should we know about this? Because it will impact our children who attend college and who are exposed to neo-Nazis like Frank Meeink, who wrote about a college student who he once "held down so another skinhead could pry a hammer from his head...when I glanced down at the bloody face of [the] college student, I had been seized by a horrible realization: 'He could be my Uncle Dave,' my childhood hero, the guy I could've been, should've been, if everything in my whole f'g. life had been different...But I'd shaken that thought off the second it flashed across my mind, and I kicked that poor college kid more, harder...I laughed at his suffering...And for years...I believed I was fighting a holy war...I was raining down God's justice on an evil world." Read this book and find out from the inside why a skinhead like Frank Meeink became who he was, and why he decided to stop being what he was. Knowledge, I tell my "guys" in prison, is power--and so is awareness! I am waiting for the response paper written by one young man who told me that "Hitler fought a holy war". I'm hoping this will start a dialogue, which will be interesting, at least. We all live in our safe little lives, but when something like the Oklahoma City bombing happens, and someone like Frank Meeink says he knows why and how it might have happened, it behooves us to listen and learn. Well written and a fascinating and unfortunately timely subject! I highly recommend it!"
- Caterly, Barnes and Noble online readers' review
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Frank’s violent childhood in South Philadelphia primed him to hate. He made easy prey for a small group of skinhead gang recruiters. At fourteen, he shaved his head. By seventeen, Frank was hosting a cable access show called "The Reich" to recruit more people into the neo-nazi movement. By eighteen, he was doing hard time in an Illinois prison.
In prison he befriended men he used to think he hated, men of different races. Out of prison Meeink tried to rejoin his old skinhead pals, but couldn't bring himself to hate those he knew to be his friends. A Jewish doctor offered to get rid of his neo-nazi tattoos covering much of his body.
Behind bars, Frank began to question his hatred, thanks in large part to his African-American teammates on a prison football league. Shortly after being paroled, Frank defected from the white supremacy movement. The Oklahoma City bombing inspired him to try to stop the hatred he once had felt. He began speaking on behalf of the Anti-Defamation League and appeared on MTV and other national networks in his efforts to stop the hate.
In time, Frank partnered with the Philadelphia Flyers to launch an innovative hate prevention program called Harmony Through Hockey. He developed a similar program in Central Iowa. He is featured a film directed by Jessee Dylan with Desmond Tutu called "Reconcilliation", an independent film featuring Adrien Brody and Forrest Whitaker called "The Experiment", and appeared in a music video with Jamey Johnson called "High Cost of Living".
Frank has worked as director of fan development for American Hockey League teams. He has been on the national lecture circuit for nearly a decade, speaking to various groups on the topic of racial diversity and acceptance.
Here is a video of Frank as a guest with Katie Couric...
Philadelphia's Channel 6 Action News did an interview with Frank in October, 2010...
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