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Christian Picciolini was a neo-Nazi. Now he’s the founder of the Free Radicals Project, a group that works to prevent extremism. He spoke with NPR about President Trump retweeting a video in which an alleged supporter yelled “white power.”

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Aged just 14, Christian Picciolini was part of North America's first Neo-Nazi movement, in Chicago. Now he works with young people to challenge extremist views

"They know they can hide behind free speech, things like patriotism," Christian Picciolini said.

@TheCELLorg  Christian Picciolini, a former white supremacists just said people attracted to HATE have encountered "pot holes of life " and that it's "identity and community " that is an attractant. He says the ideology comes later. People want to belong. They're putting on "pseudo armor. "

Come on out tonight to St. Cloud State University to hear Christian Picciolini, former American Nazis, and Jeff Schoep, former leader of the largest Neo-Nazi group in US, discuss building a tolerance inclusive society. Walking away from hate.

"(Hate is) something that we learn, and it’s something we can unlearn," said Christian Picciolini, a former white nationalist, author, and founder of a global movement to disengage people from extremist groups.

Before hearing from the community, Christian Picciolini, an author and peace advocate, will share his story of involvement and exit from the American white-supremacist skinhead movement.

Christian Picciolini has dedicated his life to deradicalizing extremists and educating federal agents on best practices. But under Trump, the government no longer seems to care.

Christian Picciolini has dedicated his life to deradicalizing extremists and educating federal agents on best practices. But under Trump, the government no longer seems to care.

Christian Picciolini has dedicated his life to deradicalizing extremists and educating federal agents on best practices. But under Trump, the government no longer seems to care.

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Christian Picciolini, a former white nationalist, on the language used by Pres. Trump: "What's coming out of the mouths of our administration now is very similar, if not identical, to the things that we said."

White supremacy is resurfacing at an alarming rate in American society. Christian Picciolini, a former white nationalist, is dedicated to helping others escape a movement he once helped build. Watch an all-new episode of ‘Breaking Hate’ Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on @MSNBC .

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White supremacy is resurfacing at an alarming rate in American society. Christian Picciolini, a former white nationalist, is dedicated to helping others escape a movement he once helped build. Watch an all-new episode of ‘Breaking Hate’ tonight at 9 p.m. ET on @MSNBC .

White supremacy is resurfacing at an alarming rate in American society. Christian Picciolini, a former white nationalist, is dedicated to helping others escape a movement he once helped build. Watch an all-new episode of ‘Breaking Hate’ tonight at 9 p.m. ET on @MSNBC .

White supremacy is resurfacing at an alarming rate in American society. Christian Picciolini, a former white nationalist, is dedicated to helping others escape a movement he once helped build. Watch an all-new episode of ‘Breaking Hate’ Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on @MSNBC .

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Christian Picciolini, a former white nationalist, on the language used by Pres. Trump: "What's coming out of the mouths of our administration now is very similar, if not identical, to the things that we said."

Former neo-Nazi and current anti-hate activist, Christian Picciolini, explains why the threat of white extremism must not be ignored.

A "24-hour hate buffet" is now available online, where vulnerable people "can feast all night long," says former white supremacist Christian Picciolini, discussing how technology has aided the rise of hate

"'Make America great again?' Well, to them, it means make America white again. And I'm not ready to let that happen, because America is for everybody." – Christian Picciolini, a former neo-Nazi and now an anti-hate advocate

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