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Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead: The Frank Meeink Story as Told to Jody M. Roy, Ph.D. Kindle Edition
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Second, Normally when I get books I either never finish them or I drag out the reading process due to bordem. I cannot say this loud enough, I WAS SO ENGAGED AND INTERESTED, THAT I READ THIS BOOK COVER TO COVER IN JUST TWO DAYS!!! No book has done that to me since I read Animal Farm in middle school.
This tells a tale of a young man's life in and out of the neo nazi movement. (A young man we all could have become given similar curcumstances). I don't want to spoil anything else (read the plot synopsis for that), just take my word it's a very very good book for anyone interested in the horrors of american racism.
Frank is my youngest son's hockey coach, and to see the way he works with the youth - in encouraging them, building them up, believing in them, and instilling a sense of interdependence with one another - it is truly hard to believe that he had once lived a completely different life. He is an inspiration to the players - and to me.
Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead: The Frank Meeink Story as Told to Jody M. Roy, Ph.D.
The book also provides an education on several fronts.
It identifies the importance of consistent and predictable parenting. It identifies that in the absence of a consistent and structured upbringing, children will attempt to fill the void with something. That "something" may not be as violent or reprehensible as neo-Nazism. It may even be something good. But it will be something.
It shows how strong are the power of peers, the power of community, and the power of wanting to belong.
I think it shows that drug addiction is nurture, not nature. I bet there are many out there that may take issue with that but that is something I believe and a take-away from the book.
I also think it shows us that given the variation among us all, we will always have fringe groups that hate and seek to hurt others. On a tactical level we will always have to keep our guard up against those that exist. On a strategic level we, as a society, will have to be watchful for the conditions that nurture the development of these groups and take action to prevent these conditions or correct them.
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