In this profound memoir, reformed skinhead Meeink, with assistance from Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead: The Frank Meeink Story. The author relates his own story of being born into a family of drug addicted parents and abuse. Rootless and without parental oversight or care. Frank Meeink’s life story involves a lot of luck — both good and bad. For many who crossed his path when he was a racist, ruthlessly violent.

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She mauled me with hugs, then told me to take my stuff to Shawn’s room, where I’d be bunking. A great and moving read that really does have the power — as its back cover claims — to change lives.

A ‘Recovering Skinhead’ On Leaving Hatred Behind

As for the negative: I would have liked to have read more on Meeink’s state of mind as he was making the transition from neo-Nazi thinking into the proces Interesting book on the psychology behind hatred. I didn’t expect much of a response from my dad, maybe not even any response at all.

While in prison, Meeink says, he was exposed to people from a variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds and started reevaluating his own racist beliefs. That was always the give away, because the autobiogralhy dressed really sharp, especially compared to us skaters.

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The book provides fascinating details about The Movement — everything from fashion to regional differences in organizing. To my mind, the black kids at Pepper and Bartrum were vicious because they were gangsters. And I knew of skinheads, but I didn’t know of their beliefs or anything yet.

Actual names of white supremacists are used only for recognized group leaders who chose to make their oc known publicly between the years and By sixteen, Frank was one of the most notorious skinhead gang leaders recoverjng the East Coast. This is recovreing powerful story about a man who had chosen a wrong path in life because he had no one who could guide him. To read his interviews with Hawthorne authors and Eula Biss. I told them my story. Who’s the long-hair with his own skinhead bodyguard?


Now he teaches teenagers about peace and forgiveness. A few hours later, Shawn clomped through the kitchen door and completely blew my mind. Frank Meeink’s story is valuable in this sense. Once I got out there and noticed that the ‘us’ was very, very small and the ‘them’ was very, very big — and there was no one helping me — and I think that’s where it started.

Lee would have rolled over in his grave if he’d seen how many of those black skinheads had white girlfriends. Bob saw him before I did.

A ‘Recovering Skinhead’ On Leaving Hatred Behind : NPR

Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. After my mom left him, my dad spent several years playing the field. The author of this book provided free copies of the book to have their book reviewed by a professional reviewer. Powerful, absorbing, stunning autobiogrpahy sobering, this book is an unvarnished, revealing, sad, and painful portrayal of a struggle that continues, and of a tortured but hopeful soul striving to do good.

It’s a solid story that can be eye-opening, tear-jerking, horrifying and more. I reeked of sweat and shit and something worse. So I started carrying a switchblade with me, even though it was no match for my classmates’ guns.

To the extent possible, names and identifying characteristics of most of the people Frank Meeink has known in his life have been changed to protect their privacy. And they knew just what to do and recoering to spark the interest of a aautobiography half-Irish, half-Italian autobiovraphy from Philly whose real dad was an addict, whose step-dad was an asshole, whose mom was indifferent, whose school was a war zone, and whose only real desire was never to feel like a fucking victim again: Proud of being working class.


The simple fact autobography that I met him quite randomly through friends while he was here in Portland, and running into him the next da Extremely hard read, especially if you have any history that is touched on within the pages of this book. In fact, I was pretty sure Robert E. I have no idea how many mosh pits I’ve been in in my life, hundreds at least, but none ever compared to being up on Bob’s shoulders in that pit of skinheads in Lancaster. I’d seen the South Street skinheads around enough to know that you couldn’t tell who they were just by their hair.

My dad knew my mom after oof. The minute I did, everything in the whole world started making sense to me, even the hell of the first fourteen years of my life. In less than three-months time, I’d gone from being a seventh-grade prisoner of war to being an eighth-grade drop-out free to roam Philadelphia twenty-four hours a day.

Siinhead I still always thought my purpose in life [was] God wouldn’t have put me in this purpose of being an Aryan Christian soldier if he didn’t want me here.

Roy an academic whose research on hate-motivated violence led her to his doorMeeink explores step four of his recovery: I think the adults in that house actually tried to hide autobipgraphy hard stuff from us kids, but they were too fucked up to pull it off.

Roy and Elizabeth Wurtzel.

It knocked the wind out of me.

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