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Resolving Hate in America: A Group Discussion
June 23, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
The West Linn Alliance, in partnership with the West Linn Public Library, is pleased to host a discussion on Resolving Hate in America.
Event Registration: https://calendly.com/wlpl-programs/resolving?month=2022-06
Date: June 23, 7:00-8:30 pm
Week after week we witness more massacres of Americans in shopping malls, grocery stores, places of worship, streets, and schools.
Last June, Attorney General Merrick Garland and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas told the Senate that the greatest domestic threat is homegrown terrorism from “racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists,” specifically white supremacists. Last September, FBI Director Christopher Wray told a Senate committee that “lone actors” are our greatest threat. The most recent report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, tracking over 1,600 U.S. hate groups, states that the extremist ideas mobilizing these groups “now operate more openly in the political mainstream.”
So how can we resolve some of this hatred and violence and restore a modicum of civility?
We have much to learn from the life story of German-born, former neo-Nazi TM Garret, who now lives in Memphis. In a 2021 interview with C-SPAN host Bill Scanian, he explains why he got involved with white supremacists, why he turned away, and how he is now dedicating his life to helping people move out of the rut of hatred. This interview will be the basis for our online, facilitated discussion.
Link to the C-SPAN interview: https://www.c-span.org/video/?508578-4/washington-journal-tm-garret-discusses-white-supremacy-domestic-terrorism