Derek Black, the white supremacist poster boy, former radio host, and son of Don Black (who founded the West Palm Beach-based white nationalist organization Stormfront), has had a change of heart. In a four-page letter published Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the 24-year-old junior at New College of Florida, who was often dubbed the "next David Duke," describes his previous belief system as "principally flawed" and his renunciation of white nationalism as a "gradual awakening process."
"I acknowledge that things I have said as well as my actions have been harmful to people of color, people of Jewish descent, activists striving for opportunity and fairness for all," he writes. "There is no way to advocate for white nationalism but by arguing that minorities pose a threat to our supremacy... It is an advocacy that I cannot support, having grown past my bubble.
"I do not believe advocacy against 'oppression of whites' exists in any form but an entrenched desire to preserve white power at the expense of others," he continues. "I am sorry for the damage done by my actions and my past endorsement of white nationalism."