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.”
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Im white, i grow in comunist part of Europe, i saw black or asians only on movies. I wrote it to explain some kind of racist. In my country ( Poland ) there were just a few non Poles, when i saw first black guy i was like 10-12. And i couldnt stop staring at him, he was so different, another culture, another wear. In comunism everything was gray, streets, houses, even our souls was gray, and than appear a so colorfull man with extraordinary haircut. And i remember, many people look at him, most of them was just curious. There were few idiots screaming some racist shits, but i think it wasnt hate, it was pure joules. My point is, most of racist act are not from hate to someone but its a kind of shelter for hide own weakness. They doesnt really hate black ( i write about white racist acts becouse of my point of view, not only white guys are racist ), they just pump up low ego by things, that they doesnt impact like skin colour. I write it all to say, that theres to much talking about racism, talking bout that provide more racism, and media put wrong spot, they always show racism target as a victim, as someone who need special care. Its not right, becouse showing this spot making this minor screamers as agressors, someone with advance. Real "victim" is someone who do that shits couse of his weakness, and the worst for them its just pass them behind and dont give a shit for what they scream. This wrong spot is giving to racist a virtual ammo. The weakness its not there were the media point out. The victim attack with desperate scream. That all they can do.
The swastika symbol is much older then you think, the symbol is used in multiple cultures and all have different meanings like good luck, peace, and etc. The symbol has a bad influence because of a political party named “Nazi”
What a beautiful story! Wish there were more like it but I definitely feel like a lot of racial hate will completely vanish in my life time. Maybe I'm just a dreamer but I just feel like everyone is used to different cultures around them nowadays that, well quite a lot of my girlfriends r of so many backgrounds, black, Latino, Italian, Thai & we r from the UK & all have thick Scottish accents lol! I couldn't imagine life without my gorgeous best gals ❤️❤️❤️
I suspect this lucky man spent some time learning what it means to serve under a proud, kind black woman. Think her on top, him on bottom, face buried and her in control of baby lotion bottle squirting down her crack and crotch while she cums on him while he dutifully controls his breathing to satisfy. You KNOW that happened. She cucked him...in a fun sort of way, mind you. What better and more enjoyable way to symbolize the end of white race hatred in this man. This routine was done with her riding his face backwards and forwards, for sure.
You meet *one* pleasent black woman and then suddenly decide to give up your entire worldview? Pathetic.
It speaks volumes about this man that he's positivity _thrilled_ to be the only white person at his job and that he doesn't see _anything_ wrong with that.
"Diversity" just means *no more whites*
"Michael" is an AshkeNAZI JEW. They edited out the parts where he admitted to using Yiddish racial slurs like GOYIM, SHVARTSE, and SHIKSA. Hopefully, this racist crypto-Jew has been completely reformed for his racist Talmudic ways. We pray for him.
Im happy to see a video like this.. why? .... Cuz my lil sister is those days with some one who was in the family of skin heads.... An today he have kids with my sister he remove all the gang tattos special when he change the tatto white pride to love is pride
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