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Former neo-Nazi removes swastika tattoos after unlikely friendship

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Colorado resident Michael Kent recently sat down at a tattoo parlor in Colorado Springs to have his swastikas covered up. Follow reporter Michael Koenigs @MikeOnABikeABC for more profile pieces. Kent, a former neo-Nazi, credits an African-American parole officer named Tiffany Whittier with helping him to see beyond skin color and changing his views about white supremacy. “If it wasn’t for her I would have seeped back into it,” said Kent. “I look at her as family.” Whittier, 45, even inspired Kent, 38, to take down the Nazi flags he had hanging in his living room and replace them with smiley faces. “I’m not here to judge him. That’s not my job to judge. My job is to be that positive person in someone’s life,” Whittier said. Added Kent, “When you wake up and see a smiley face, you’re going to go to work and you’re going to smile.” PHOTO: Former skinhead Michael Kent gives his former parole officer Tiffany Whittier a hug after she surprises him at his home.ABC News Former skinhead Michael Kent gives his former parole officer Tiffany Whittier a hug after she surprises him at his home.more + Kent now works full-time on a chicken farm in Colorado, where all his co-workers are Hispanic. “Before all this, I wouldn’t work for anybody or with anybody that wasn’t white,” said Kent. “[Now] we have company parties, or they have quinceañeras, I’m the only white guy there!” Redemption Ink, a national non-profit that offers free removals of hate-related tattoos, helped connect Kent with Fallen Heroes Tattoo in Colorado to begin the 15-hour process of covering his swastikas. The sterile environment is new to Kent who had his previous ink work done in prison. “I’ve never, never, never been inside of a tattoo shop getting a professional tattoo,” he said. Kent believes the painful process will help him move forward after spending years as a member of a violent skinhead group based in Arizona. As a father of two young children, Kent also hopes his children will see the world differently. “I don’t want my kids to live the life I lived and live with hate,” said Kent. “I want my kids to know me for who I am now—a good father, a hard worker, and a good provider.” SUBSCRIBE to ABC NEWS: https://www.youtube.com/ABCNews/ Watch More on http://abcnews.go.com/ LIKE ABC News on FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/abcnews FOLLOW ABC News on TWITTER: https://twitter.com/abc GOOD MORNING AMERICA'S HOMEPAGE: https://gma.yahoo.com/
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shargress (29 minutes ago)
If everyone was the same color, same beliefs, this would be one boring unproductive world.
Bniafrg (1 hour ago)
Ok but why does he look like Robert Lewandowski
Great story. Be blessed brother.
FatherlandFinland (2 hours ago)
Siel heil. Mein führer <3
Tell Grenadier (3 hours ago)
haaaa! der und ein nationalsozialist, dass ich nicht lache! ein elender untreuer scheisshaufen ist er und sonst nichts! NS hatt nichts mit “gangleben“ zu tun aber das schnallen diese arschlöcher einfach nicht! kein wunder den diese amerikanische gesellschaft ist einfach nur ein einziger riesen scheisshaufen!!!
Aaron O Mahony (3 hours ago)
This is true friendship.
Debilane23 (5 hours ago)
Hate is not in Gods plan.
Julian Medina (6 hours ago)
Rice power my niggas
Neka Nostalgia (7 hours ago)
Jeffrey Izuka (7 hours ago)
Ja Mann da sind Hitler und seine Kameraden 😂😂 Lmao
Christina Jones (7 hours ago)
Wait, so you don't change people's views by writing catch phrases on a protest sign and calling people idiots? Oh.
Genesis X (8 hours ago)
Kudos! Awesome story.
gumptown7414 (13 hours ago)
Come on my sister...if it was the other way around, you think they'd give you a pass? They'll fuck u soon as possible
Pablo Escobar (18 hours ago)
This is fucking awesome
King Malibu (19 hours ago)
Why do white Americans support Nazis but German Nazis always hated America
Brady Pelletier (21 hours ago)
What an inspirational story of a man changing his life for the better.
Sean Kratovil-Lavelle (21 hours ago)
God bless America.
Jeffrey Thurman (23 hours ago)
Good for him
Booger (23 hours ago)
This is stuff that should be all over social media not on YouTube for me to find couple years later to late
Acorry Kenny (1 day ago)
It's weird that the guy is cooler
purplefashion03 (1 day ago)
I'd never do what she did, job or not.
BigTimeSpider (1 day ago)
Play this on the news on every station every day
Matscho (1 day ago)
And whats with the Black Racism?
AKA PATMAN (1 day ago)
tuan vandersluis (1 day ago)
think of the neo-nazis & kkk to a computer.We can deprogram them.just takes time
GoldEXP (1 day ago)
Never understood why neo-braindeads get swasticas tattooed. Hitler would have sent them all to a fucking gas or fire chamber. Before idolising the shit fest that the nazism is .. do some reserach on its background.
Valkarie Stoze (1 day ago)
Damn... Sjws and Right wingers... Getting along in the youtube comments? This comment section is one in million, folks, Don't soil it.
тωιивlνdє (1 day ago)
this gave me hope for humanity
blumenkameraden (1 day ago)
what a wonderful story. Now get your ass Michael to Harlem for a walk, with or without your swastika tatoo and you get beaten robbed or murdered because you are white
Dino Daquin (1 day ago)
Black woman always not loving herself...
John reed (1 day ago)
Get rid of all white and black supremacy signs and groups in general. Fuck the KKK and the Black Panthers.
Kevin Ruan (1 day ago)
Real Aryans are dead with Hitler in 1945, now Neo-Nazis are worst, even Slavic call themself is neo-nazi, What the Fuck? Aryan Master Race, Greater East Asian. HEIL und BANZAI
Raul H (1 day ago)
Rinnegan eyes
Bat Fraz (1 day ago)
Great story and we need to hear more like this. Great job Tiffany! And you are a good man, bro!
Render (1 day ago)
National Socialism is not even about hating blacks, but this guy seems like an idiot anyways
Nerifish (1 day ago)
People saying that Nazism is not racist.. Pls, go do some research! 1st - They considered Aryan Race above other races. This is racism. 2nd - When someone from Europe have a darker skin color they called it as blood pollution, due to mixing with african races. This is racism. 3rd - They considered Slavs as sub-race. This is racism. 4th - They considered Jews as not Aryan due to distinct heritage from German people. So they were inferior. This is fucking racism for God's sake.
marcotekk 99 (1 day ago)
Traitor lul
Chackobrack (1 day ago)
She wants that D
Ted Bundy (1 day ago)
You white nigga
Ee Fsss (2 days ago)
He is so genuinely sweet
Melker Andersson (2 days ago)
Johnny Jackov (2 days ago)
2.5k dislikes are from skinheads.. Still alot around..
Keke Johns (2 days ago)
Beautiful story
HuckleB680 (2 days ago)
This is totally like American History X, one of the best anti-racism films.
Ethan (2 days ago)
Some degenerate nu-nazi covered in tattoos persuaded by ape to change beliefs because he never really held to them strongly in the first place *yawns*
unitedwestand50 (2 days ago)
What a great probation officer. She said that she was not here to judge a hateful racist man. Her judge was to be a positive influence in his life. What a beautiful attitude to have.
Thomas Darem (2 days ago)
Europe belongs to white Europeans, and mass-immigration is a crime against the European population. Everyone in the world avoids the black neighbourhood because people are concerned about their safety and even liberals know not to visit black neighbourhoods, and certainly not live there, despite all the bullshit they talk. Mexicans have their own country and should not be able to illegally cross the border. There are thousands of cases involving black people targetting white people, including children in the United States, torturing them to death, removing bodyparts, setting them on fire, and YOU DONT KNOW A SINGLE WHITE VICTIMS NAME, but you all know about Trayvon Martin, because media hides these absolute horrifying crimes systematicly, and judges refuses to lable them hate crimes. White South Africans get their house broken into by black people who cuts grandmothers, children etc in half, (google the photos and stories if you dont believe me), and white south africans are facing full genocide. This is the reality of the situation and most white people wont wake up until its too late. A video of some low IQ retard removing his trashy tattoos is not touching the reality of race anywhere substantial, this is just feel good piece for retarded drones.
TZ p0llAG (2 days ago)
Svastikas are dumbass. Just don't copy, be original
Go to IndianSwastika is a HOLY Symbol older as the BRITISH JESUIT NATION USA
Chelsea Stepek (2 days ago)
Amazing! Good for you Micheal!! Be the change you want to see in the world!
Desert Boy (2 days ago)
Watched it with a big smile 😊
Star Anna (2 days ago)
WOW. Speechless
Majin Emre (2 days ago)
Fake acting, still racist.
buster casey (2 days ago)
Preach it America!I couldn't find you in that SNL video (this is America?)Now I can finally see you again..I miss you and you look absolutely gorgeous in this video.
drServitis (2 days ago)
Dennis Johnson (2 days ago)
It kind of seems like this guy wasn't a bad guy, just that he ran with the wrong crowd. Must have always been a good guy deep down.
Let love reign
Emoprincess xyz (2 days ago)
My chest 😍✊🏽
tzunammi shadai (3 days ago)
He should still rot...
hannahsings19 (3 days ago)
Defeating racism with love! This is amazing!
Den E V (3 days ago)
Nothing wrong with a swastika, in Asia, you see them daily and everywhere.
Andrew L. (3 days ago)
I hate to be 'that guy' but the swastika was commonly referred to with peace when Buddha was alive. So the swastika was not a symbol of hatred for Jews rather, it was a symbol of peace.
Movie News (3 days ago)
sick nigger                   take care..... racist victims are white genocide..../brown laser cancer contract, global
SIYINCABA DUBE (3 days ago)
Can you believe this world some race just love to paint themselves racist tattoos. never met a white person that is different and not racist..they are born with that hate its in their DNA.
Robert Paulson (1 hour ago)
There's no hope for you then.
Jenny Mouse (3 days ago)
It's like the movie "Neo Ned" with Jeremy Renner and Gabriel Union.
Chicken Tenders (3 days ago)
There is actually hope in our generation. Good job people
Kaena Desantos (3 days ago)
P beer (3 days ago)
Kon Kefka (3 days ago)
Imagine being able to let go of all that hatred. Good for him.
Dr. Jh Irons (3 days ago)
Sounds like he just grew up....☺🇺🇸🗽
73TheMoni (3 days ago)
Awesome fresh start in life Mr. Kent.
hykel lemay (3 days ago)
tell me ypur story!! i was a dick head !! i know i feel better without hate..
Zach B (4 days ago)
i like to keep things simple, stop.hating start loving
ma21l (4 days ago)
They should of became a couple
commess1 (4 days ago)
God has a sense of humour. Plus her name is Whittier...can easily be pronounced White - ier 😊
Bobby Dobric (4 days ago)
why cover it up . Swastika isnt evil , the hindu's in India use the symbol for religious purposes . So whats the big deal???
Free Saxon (4 days ago)
Must be an idiot
Google Account (4 days ago)
this dude voted for trump...
I wonder if he still voted for Trump?
Lo La (4 days ago)
This is beautiful!
He looks like my English teacher
Jerry Moore (4 days ago)
God has blessed both of these people. This lovely woman radiates gods love,and it has helped to heal this man.
tardterminator (3 days ago)
And now they are both powerful inspirations!
Jonathan Green (4 days ago)
Tia Haeuss (4 days ago)
The parole officer is SO beautiful!! What a gorgeous woman!...
Tia Haeuss (4 days ago)
He seems way too nice to ever have been caught up in the white supremacy culture...
Crazy Kup (4 days ago)
They should get married!!!! They look great together and I can tell he likes her and respects her
watusee5 (5 days ago)
Light one for a real brotha
The Wolf Among Sheep (5 days ago)
Tirzah Mcafee (5 days ago)
Lisa Pisa (5 days ago)
What the Lord cam do. Amen.
Umut Sağlam (5 days ago)
Kayla Ortiz (5 days ago)
White people needs some black love and positivity and vice versa!
Sara Israel (5 days ago)
this bed wench . his great grand daddy raped her great grandma
Alex Reddy (5 days ago)
Shawn Hall (5 days ago)
This comment section proves that there's some real sick-in-the-head individuals typing garage from their mama's basement.
Shawn Hall (5 days ago)
2500 people gave this a "thumbs down"? I don't understand that.
E B (5 days ago)
😊😌the world needs more of these good people. 🙏
Buddha1968 (5 days ago)
Nice story!
mobuis juan (5 days ago)
What is the new tattoo? Those 2.5k dislike are NAZI's they need to DIE!
TeguTerror (5 days ago)
PHILL SHIVELY (5 days ago)
That's AWSOME How do you overcome evil With Good Overcome Hate with LOVE

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