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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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First Name Surname (11 minutes ago)
To be nazi is just a waste of time
Babyjoshy5 (4 hours ago)
I'm not Nazi so I'm good! :D
L C (6 hours ago)
This is what makes life worth living. The courage to meet people where they are. To support, encourage and challenge each other to live better lives and having the courage to change. There is more that unites us than divides. 👍🏾🖖🏽👏🏽❤️
Rescue | ResQ (8 hours ago)
Glad to see that Tony Hawk is doing well! He’s been through a lot!
Eric Lehman (11 hours ago)
I'm glad this man turned his life around!
tickyul (13 hours ago)
The Hunter (13 hours ago)
*He is undercover.*
BradleyWelshTV (14 hours ago)
love conquers hate
Awoke! Awoke! (18 hours ago)
He's going to hurt/kill her.... OMG.... how freaking crazy is she playing with a 🐍
wangson (21 hours ago)
What a wonderful woman. Decency just emanates from her face.
KhmerD0g (1 day ago)
Oh please white boy. Once a neo-nazi will always be one.
Louis Collins (1 day ago)
He got some of that black pussy he definitely not going back to the KKK
Mark M. (1 day ago)
People even if they are Nazis can change for the better. We need more diverse probation officers and police.
OzZiE (1 day ago)
visual representation that people can change cheers for this man.
SoulSista6579 (1 day ago)
I love his story! He is victorious
Antilleotheclown (1 day ago)
Everyone can change when given time and the right person comes into there life with a positive energy.
Patryk M (2 days ago)
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.
Classic Sans (7 hours ago)
Monaspa (2 days ago)
nice actor
Skyla Vega (2 days ago)
Here in Europe we don't know racism. Only stupid people. Russians to be exact 😂
Skyla Vega (6 hours ago)
+Classic Sans I was talking more you guys driving
Classic Sans (7 hours ago)
I am russian and im not stupid ._.)
Russian Bias (2 days ago)
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”
Enki Milesius (2 days ago)
Neo Nazis are retarded. One, they are cucked, but two, they are not true believers. Because National Socialists are Gentlemen and dress in style, and don't look like crack head band members.
Hector Delgado (2 days ago)
love will overpower hate...
Freyr (2 days ago)
so if you are a nazi you automatically hate black people? Hitler aided North Africans to rebel against former western European colonists. Nazi' is an ideology not a race.
sir hobnob (2 days ago)
this is so fucking wholesome
imanishay (2 days ago)
Bradley Selk (3 days ago)
Louis Sebastiane (3 days ago)
what a pussy
mike king (3 days ago)
Anna K (3 days ago)
Beautiful! I love seeing a man who is NO LONGER racially insecure. His life is so much better now. BRILLIANT!
liam niew (3 days ago)
Prutiss Bartlow (3 days ago)
awww love conquers all nice couple
Miss Denise (3 days ago)
Very Nice.
Vegeta Dbiop (3 days ago)
that s not a woman, that is a man
Buzzin Boi (3 days ago)
She has a really nice smile
Khaleesi Snow (3 days ago)
I’m crying. This is so amazing
Thierry Herreman (3 days ago)
This guy removed a symbol that stands for Peace, Respect, Welfare and Happiness.
Itamar Keren (3 days ago)
Steve Mick (3 days ago)
That probation officer is One in a million .. Wish they all treated the probationers as ppl like she does instead of animals
Fit Farm (3 days ago)
You niggaz are too forgiving. Would it be so hard to live yourself for a change.
Bloody Hope (4 days ago)
Tay Clemons (4 days ago)
Anybody can change.. wow this really touched me... 😪
Bruce Lee (4 days ago)
Bruce Lee (4 days ago)
Anak Anak (4 days ago)
he would almost died with hitler, but glad come back to life
aivopark (4 days ago)
White pride tattoo is not about that blacks are less than whites. If I was a black person, I would be fucking proud to be black!
QueerAndUnplugged (4 days ago)
Change the way you think...change the world /|\
Arkese Gaskins (4 days ago)
I’m the only Black Guy that works with the Spanish , and They Love Me, & I Love Them. We All Help Each Other, Truthfully!!!!! So don’t feel uncomfortable my Brother!!!
Niall Horan (4 days ago)
You know the swastika is actually a symbol of peace in Buddhism
Classic Sans (7 hours ago)
Atino (5 days ago)
Regardless of origin, skin color human beings are equal. Well done Michael. Hope other nazi morons see this too.
Yb Baby (5 days ago)
Good job 💪💪💪👍👍👍👌👌👌💓💓💓
boring khaled (5 days ago)
He sounds so young
robocop (5 days ago)
Idiot neo nazi doesnt exist. Neo nazi is just fantasy for boys are hobby about tiger tank, king tiger, maus, bismarck, v2 rocket 🤣🤣🤣🤣 You better play fortnite or fifa 19
Sea Nebula (5 days ago)
Hope he's sincere and gentle with her.
Killian vs The world (5 days ago)
He was were in crocks with socks
Dr Strange (5 days ago)
see i want to wake up to shit like this on my news outlet on my phone not people getting raped tortured and or shot stabbed kidnapped and more ffs are we going back in time or just stopped completely
playinragz (5 days ago)
A great story and that’s how life should end up. Humans being human
0:25 were he got this flag
Moe Zuchmir (6 days ago)
I wish they will interview ANTIFA racist members who leave as well.
Afrocentric AnatomyTV (6 days ago)
I would never be with this guy
o12 hu12 (6 days ago)
(((Swastika))) (((Racism)))
CJ Drummer (6 days ago)
How could this story not powerfully touch anyone's heart?
3.3k dislikes are from Arian b@stards
Edmund Castellanos (6 days ago)
Thumbs Up!
Subi_fan (6 days ago)
BLM and Antifa losers could learn this ex neo nazi.
DogOfHades (6 days ago)
Did he taste the brown chocolate?
Cléber Barbieri (6 days ago)
Thats a pure nice
Goobye USA (7 days ago)
I highly recommend Swastickers. They're much easier to get off if you decide to rejoin humanity.
Blobbejaan Blob (7 days ago)
So you are going to change your world view based on a single friendship ?
Sandy Mclellan (7 days ago)
Why would you throw that flag away? Fair play don't hang it your gaff and be a nazi but if that's a genuine one from the war that's a part of history. Can't change that can only learn from it
Natalie Mccabe (7 days ago)
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 ❤️❤️❤️
Im re Lasten (8 days ago)
Well there are Nice persons and there are Color What counts the most?
teller12 (8 days ago)
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.
Robot Bjorn (8 days ago)
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*
ThePainkiller9995 (8 days ago)
Why are american """"nazis"""" so trashy
Concerned Commoner (8 days ago)
What did she do exactly for him to feel compelled to change so completely?
Agnostic Realist (8 days ago)
Fucking awesome story.
yeetman14 (8 days ago)
White Nationalism 1.0 In Action. "I work with 13 guys and I am the only white one there!" I wish I could interrogate him. How quickly I could get him to expose just how much of a brainlet he truly is.
OceanBlueLady (8 days ago)
What a beautiful story! Keep up the good work Michael! God bless you Tiffany!
Nathan Clevenger (8 days ago)
Hitler had blacks in his Military, fun fact.
Nathan Clevenger (6 days ago)
Cod is garbage. https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nKn6UDGYVK8/VAKX5qp7aaI/AAAAAAAAAH4/ZrUhdfwsuIQ/s1600/Black_WW2_German_Soldier.jpg
Subi_fan (6 days ago)
You play CoD and Battlefield too much.
rockin' rollin' (8 days ago)
"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.
cherry merry (8 days ago)
This makes me so happy
bostero y boliviano (9 days ago)
Nein Nein Nein Nein Nein!
John Peazy (9 days ago)
What a beautiful story good woman I'm glad to see a situation like this and it's what makes America the best country
J N (9 days ago)
They hate us cuz they ain’t us
NDM NDM (9 days ago)
I find it so cringe when there are american "nazis"
Bubarim Almeida (9 days ago)
This is why whenever someone hates you you should love them back a lot of times they will still hate you but sometimes it changes their mind
Martin (9 days ago)
jordan Batista (10 days ago)
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
D Kahn (10 days ago)
This is just stupid propaganda, you people are so stupid.
Be nice to see, BLM do the same.
TITAN Theshadow (10 days ago)
yaaay a happy storyyy ^3^
Iamlordofthe Internet (10 days ago)
Oh the great things love can do.
Emily Hope (10 days ago)
my ice cold heart just melted a little bit
jean didier ly (10 days ago)
People can change this is beautiful God bless thé both of u..
Ireland is my City (10 days ago)
Good for him. Fuck fascism. Fuck white pride.
barbarino qintana (10 days ago)
He has a big nose alot of cocaine
Bojan Letic (10 days ago)
She's a cop and gorgeous woman too.
cmbsoldja (10 days ago)
Women make the best POs, because alot of these guys didn't have positive men in their lives growing up, so they respond to a motherly figure.
RA !N (10 days ago)
Live and learn. Do prison gangs start these groups?
Lor Miller (10 days ago)
More mainstream propaganda.

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