Can A Black Pastor Change the Heart Of A KKK Leader?

August 11, 2018 11:26 pm

Can A Black Pastor Change the Heart Of A KKK Leader?

“We really have to stop letting people like this run game on us. I’m not buying that “former Nazi” talk. And these pastors should know better than to have these terrorists up in their churches like that. They are going to end up with another Dylan Roof situation.”

– Tariq Nasheed

Nearly one year ago, Ken Parker joined hundreds of other white nationalists at a Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. That day, he wore a black shirt with two lightning bolts sewn onto the collar, the uniform of the National Socialist Movement, an American neo-Nazi group.

In the past 12 months, his beliefs and path have been radically changed by the people he has met since the violent clash of white nationalists and counterprotesters led to the death of Heather Heyer, 32.

Now he looks at the shirt he wore that day, laid out in his apartment in Jacksonville, and sees it as a relic from a white nationalist past he has since left behind.