The Klansman’s Son

My Journey from White Nationalism to Antiracism; A Memoir


From the former heir-apparent to white nationalism, an astonishing account of a childhood built on fear, of breaking from his community, and of speaking out in the face of hate

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R. Derek Black


Derek Black was raised to take over the white nationalist movement in the United States. His father, Don Black, was a former Grand Wizard in the Ku Klux Klan and started Stormfront, the internet’s first white supremacist website-Derek built the kids’ page. His godfather, David Duke, was also his mentor. Racist hatred, though often wrapped up in respectability, was all Derek knew.
Then, while in college in 2013, Derek publicly renounced white nationalism and apologized for his actions and the suffering that he had caused. The majority of his family stopped speaking to him, and he disappeared into academia, convinced that he had done so much harm that there was no place for him in public life. But in 2016, as he watched the rise of Donald Trump, he immediately recognized what he was hearing-the spread and mainstreaming of the hate he had helped cultivate-and he knew that he couldn’t stay silent.
This is a thoughtful, insightful, and moving account of a singular life, with important lessons for our troubled times. Derek can trace a uniquely insider account of the rise of white nationalism, and how a boy indoctrinated with hate can become an anti-racist man. Few understand the ideology, motivations, or tactics of the white nationalist movement like Derek, and few have ever made so profound a change. When coded language and creeping authoritarianism spread the ideas of white nationalists, this is an essential book with a powerful voice.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 15.2 x 22.9 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 11 July 2024
Number of pages 320
Format Hardback
Dimensions 15.2 x 22.9 cm
Weight 300 g


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Klansman’s Son