Former Neo-Nazi Offers Perspective on White Supremacy Movement

Aug 21, 2017

It was ten days ago that violence broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, when white nationalists protesting against the planned removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee clashed with anti-racism demonstrators.

One woman was killed when a suspected white nationalist drove his car into a crowd.

On this edition of River to River, Ben Kieffer talks with Frank Meeink, former skinhead leader and neo-Nazi recruiter turned activist who speaks out against the dark side of human nature, for some perspective on what's happened in the past few days and for an inside view of the white supremacy movement.

Meeink now lives in Iowa as a noted speaker and author of Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead: The Frank Meeink Story, using his experiences to address diversity, tolerance and mutual understanding. He’s also the founder of Harmony Through Hockey.

Also on the show, Kieffer talks with University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld. They discuss the steep tuition increases he’s proposed over the next few years and what that might mean for public higher education in the state.