February 24, 2017
“Anti-hate expert” Christian Picciolini is a shakedown artist, exploiting the taxpayer to fund his lavish lifestyle of not working.
Trump is making good on all of his promises.
Something he didn’t even promise was to remove the status of “white supremacists” as being in the same class as Islamic terrorists. We first heard of this earlier this month when it was announced that Trump would remove us from the definition of “extremism.”
The SPLC is a domestic terrorist organization which has the stated goal of silencing protected speech. While Trump has yet to take on them or the ADL directly, he is now taking on a subsidiary, blocking their federal funding and redirecting it to fight Islam.
An organization run by a former white supremacist that helps neo-Nazis, members of the KKK and other far-right radicals leave their hateful groups is under threat by federal budget cuts.
Ex-skinhead Christian Picciolini founded Life After Hate in 2009, and uses his understanding of fascist hate groups to encourage others to step into the light.
The group was awarded a $400,000 Justice Department grant in 2016 to continue its work with white extremists.
That’s your tax-money being funneled into a fake organization that does nothing but harass well-meaning Nazis trying to save America.
But Donald Trump is now considering reallocating those funds to groups solely focused on fighting Islamic extremism – putting Life After Hate’s unique mission at risk.
Piccolini said he started the organization because it’s hard for white extremists to disengage from the communities that support them.
‘Even though I’d abandoned the ideology, I wasn’t ready to give up my community and my power and my identity, and I knew how hard it would be for other people to leave this type of ideology or this type of movement,’ he explained.
It’s a system that other organizations without intimate experience of the white power movement would have trouble replicating.
It is also very much in need, says Mark Potok, a senior fellow with the liberal Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in Montgomery, Alabama.
He says it’s hard to determine exact numbers, but around 100,000 people might be members in hate groups and several hundred thousand could be linked informally.
‘I do think that this is a particularly important moment for this kind of exit work to be happening because we have seen in the last year, year and a half, a real legitimization of these views,’ he said.
The SPLC has repeatedly violated their 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status by attacking Donald Trump.
They even go so far as to use the face of Trump in “hate” graphics, and claim he is responsible for hate crimes.
It is illegal for a tax-exempt organization to attack a political party, but they just did it anyway during the campaign, betting on a Hillary win. Now they are doubling down, apparently belieiving it is better to burn-out than to fade away.
It is time for Trump to prosecute them.
Last week the SPLC revealed that anti-Muslim groups had increased from 34 to 101 from 2015-2016, and white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups are also on the rise.
However, the Trump administration is now considering redirecting a federal program combating violent extremism of all kinds to solely focus on Islamic radicals – even though several other grant recipients already deal with that issue.
The ‘Countering Violent Extremism,’ or CVE, project may be changed to ‘Countering Islamic Extremism’ or ‘Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,’ sources close to the president have said.
That is a dramatic shift for the CVE. In 2016, Congress appropriated $10 million in grants for CVE efforts, awarding the first round of grants – including Life After Hate’s share – on January 13, 2016.
The year before, Dylann Roof became the highest-profile white supremacist terrorist in some time when he shot nine black people inside a historic African-American church in Charleston.
Among others approved for the money were local governments, city police departments, universities and non-profit organizations.
Life After Hate isn’t the only group trying to dissolve white power groups; the Philadelphia-based One People’s Project was set up both to monitor racist groups and to confront them directly.
Its founder, Daryle Lamont Jenkins – who is black – meets white nationalists at public gatherings and talks one-on-one with to show them there’s a way other than hate. Some have never met a black person, he said.
But Life After Hate is unique in that it uses insider knowledge of former white extremists to connect with those still in hate groups.
The article goes on to describe a bunch of stuff I’ve never even heard of and which seems totally made-up: some woman who had to “escape” a skinhead group, some guy whose family beat him for quitting the KKK.
The entire orientation of “Life After Hate” is based around the idea that “skinhead gangs” are impossible to leave, and so you need some group to come and save you if you want to disassociate yourself from one of these “gangs.”
It goes without saying that the modern “white supremacist” movement doesn’t have much to do with skinhead gangs – even if you believe the fantasy these people are selling about the nature of skinheads (which is obviously a hoax – skinheads are not gangs).
LAH got their big grant after the Dylann Roof shooting, even though Dylann Roof was not a member of any type of skinhead group. In fact, he cited the lack of groups as his reasoning for committing the act.
So the role of LAH is simply to perpetuate stereotypes and lies. It is a hoax organization.
We thank Donald Trump for shutting down their funding.
Maybe they can make some money in a legitimate way, rather than parasiting off the taxpayer. But I doubt it.