Monday’s episode of Voices in the Family is well worth a listen. Frank Meeink’s story of who and why he fell in with skinheads is especially revealing.
From the website:
According to the SPLC, the number of hate groups have proliferated by 50% over the last decade, and the traffic on neo-nazi websites has risen dramatically in the last few years. People point to the poor economy, immigration, and also to the first African American president taking office during this economic nadir. But preference for who’s “one of us” and prejudice against who’s “one of them” has been around as long as humans roamed the earth. So is it built in, or do we learn these cues from our environment, or both? What can we do about it, and what is the best way that tolerance can be taught? Our guests are Richard Cohen. He runs the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has taken on some of the nation’s most violent white supremacist organizations and litigated important civil rights actions. We’ll also hear from Frank Meeink – a recovering skinhead and author of Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead: the story of Frank Mink. Then we’ll hear from Nilanjana Dasgupta, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts who studies prejudice and stereotyping – in both its implicit and explicit forms.
Follow the link to the website or click here to listen (MP3).