Child of Klan leader on abandoning white nationalism: ‘I am haunted by its legacy’

Child of Klan leader on abandoning white nationalism: ‘I am haunted by its legacy’

R Derek Black unlearned white supremacist ideology, came out as transgender and wrote a memoir about their journey

R Derek Black, whose dad is the notorious Ku Klux Klan leader Don Black, was once the poster child of the white nationalist movement in America. Now, they’ve abandoned their family’s beliefs, come out as transgender and recently released a book called The Klansman’s Son.

Published in May, the memoir tells the complex story of their journey from white nationalism to antiracism and how one’s upbringing doesn’t have to define their ideology.

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