Tag: Racism

Episode 79: False Narratives Have Bad Consequences… Rebuilding Community Trust with Chris Sherwin of the 3 Cops Talk Podcast

This week’s guest, Chris Sherwin, is an active duty police officer of more than 20 years, serving the public in Chicago’s suburbs. He and 2 other active duty policeman have a vitally important podcast, 3 Cops Talk, where they face tough subjects including police brutality, racial tension, how to keep yourself and your family safe during traffic stops and so much more. 

After all the misinformation spread by the media and politicians alike surrounding the incident in Minneapolis with George Floyd, Ferguson and other incidents where police encounters ended in tragedy, Chris and his co-hosts Scott & Shaun knew it was time to do something. Chris brings so much value to this week’s episode of the Derate The Hate podcast, and the trio of active duty coppers, along with their guests, do the same each week on their podcast. This is truly an episode you’ll want to download and share often. 

Episode 78: Sought Identity, Found by Hate, Working Toward Redemption… with Fredrick Cook

“Everybody wants to be the hero in their own life story”.
Fred Cook’s former lifestyle of hatred as a long time member of, and Chief of Staff for the National Socialist Movement, like so many others, did not start with him waking up one day deciding he wanted to live a hate filled life full of enemies. As an impressionable teen that suffered from lack of an identity, hate took its opportunity, and found Fred when he was most vulnerable.

Who is Fredrick Cook?
Fred Cook’s story is a fascinating one. Our conversation spans Fred’s time as an impressionable teen seeking an identity, then suffering a race related traumatic event, then falling in with skinheads…  and so much more leading up to present day, where Fred has been out of the NSM for several years and has taken his and his family’s life in a 180 degree turn from his former hate driven lifestyle full of enemies.

Episode 75: Excuse Us!… A Lesson in Rudeness

This week’s topic comes straight out of an experience I had this past weekend when my wife and I were attending a group function on the St. Croix River in Stillwater, MN. As we were paying for parking, we encountered a shining example of the reason I came up with the phrase, “No matter how right you think you are, being rude is always the wrong answer”…

I also speak in this week’s episode about a hateful comment made by a host of a program on one of the more pathetic main stream media networks. I don’t normally dive too deep in to things such as this, but I found this to be a disgusting, division provoking comment about the Gabby Petito disappearance worth talking about. Those who stoke division by promoting racism and a victimhood mentality are the worst kind of racists…

Episode 74: Ideas That Get Your “of color” Card Revoked… with Angel Eduardo

Have you ever had a conversation with someone and came away thinking, if the world had more thinkers such as this, the world would be a much calmer and better place for everyone? The deep thinker I’m talking about is Angel Eduardo and I’m grateful this week for having the opportunity to speak with Angel on the Derate the Hate podcast.

I recently read a piece by Angel published in Newsweek, “Stop calling me “white” for having the wrong opinions”, which stood out to me as something that seems to happen with much greater frequency these days. It seems if people of color don’t have the “correct” ideas or opinions, they are said to be “acting white” or called “white” as a pejorative. This is not only a disgusting form of racism and bullying, but it’s a nonsensical attempt by some to keep us divided. Angel has more than a little to say about this so you’re not going to want to miss this conversation!

DTH Quickshot: Preview Clip of: Ideas that get your “of color” card revoked… with Angel Eduardo

If you’re not familiar with Angel Eduardo, his work is something you’re going to want to check out. He’s definitely a deep thinker, a talented writer, musician and photographer. He’s definitely one that is bettering the world, and he’s the latest guest on the DTH podcast. In this DTH quickshot, you get a small preview of the conversation that will go live on 9/15/21. Don’t miss it and don’t forget to share with your friends. Another incredibly important message coming to you on the Derate the Hate podcast…

DTH Quickshot: Jumping to Conclusions & Throwing Stones

Someone clearly did not listen to our latest episode nor did they read the show notes before they jumped to conclusions and tried to have us removed from one of our platforms. It’s sad that we live in a society when people would rather silence those with whom they disagree than listen to what they have to say, or worse, demonize them due to their own ignorance. I’d rather you just email me and we can find out a better way to communicate our differences. Share this DTH Quickshot with someone you know who does this, because we all know them…

Episode 70: Redemption for Radicals? Shifting the Paradigm… conversation with Jeff Schoep

Do you believe in redemption for radicals? Do you believe those who’ve once believed in a hateful ideology or been party to hateful organizations can do anything to redeem themselves? I think it’s unwise to say that we cannot change the hearts and minds of those who’ve lead a life of hate and radical extremism. I would not be doing this podcast if I did not think they could be reached.

This week’s guest is a shining example of someone who has gone from extremism to counter-extremism and now devotes his time to de-radicalizing the haters instead of being the hater. Jeff Schoep, former Neo-Nazi and former leader of the National Socialist Movement here in the United States did not start out as a hateful extremist, but spent many years of his life on that side of the hate spectrum. You DO NOT want to miss this episode where I ask Jeff how he got to that point and what brought him back to a life not filled with hate and extremism.

Hear from Jeff how great folks like Daryl Davis and Deeyah Kahn and her movie “White Right Meeting the Enemy” played an important role in his paradigm shift and how all the folks at BeyondBarriersUSA.org are helping to de-radicalize people of all types of extremism. Again, you DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS EPISODE!!

Episode 64: Unhyphenated America, Let’s Just Be American… with Christoper Harris

What’s it mean to be an American? Is America great despite the sins of the past, and if so, what makes America Great? I for one truly believe that the United States of America is the greatest nation on God’s green earth, and it’s high time people stop allowing divisive forces to put labels upon us, and we all just start acting like Americans again. Christoper Harris is one that knows a lot about a lot, and he knows that being an American doesn’t need, and shouldn’t have, a hyphenated identity qualifier in front of it…
The message Chris is putting out is not only incredibly important, but many of the same divisive forces I speak regularly of in this podcast don’t want you to know his message exists. It’s not the standard narrative and this message must be spread far and wide!

Episode 49: Battling Extremism with an Alternative Narrative

Have you ever asked yourself, “Why don’t more Muslims stand up to Islamic Extremists?” Have you ever heard of Average Mohamed? Mohamed Ahmed is the creator and executive director of AverageMohamed.com and through his outreach and grass roots efforts, he is truly battling extremism with an alternative narrative.

What is Average Mohamed? Who better to tell you than Average Mohamed himself, Mohamed Ahmed. This week’s interview gives you a great insight in to what Mohamed does with his counter ideology organization dedicated to stopping extremism and hate. Average Mohamed uses pop culture, social media platforms like Facebook & YouTube, as well as other mediums to promote peace, democracy and anti-extremism. His outreach has put him in front of tens of thousands of youths across America and his videos have been seen millions of times worldwide.

Episode 18: Labels, Get Out of the Box

I’m calling this episode, Labels, Get out of the Box! There is very little that drives me more crazy than those who are constantly trying to divide everyone up in to little categories, put everyone in a box and then label it, whatever… I am very much my own person and live by a moral compass and set of rules that years of lessons &/or mistakes and the resulting wisdom has set for me. I don’t need some politician and their cronies in the media to define who I am, how I should act, what I should think or what have you. Too often nowadays the powers that be are stringently trying to divide us into groups so they can retain power by pandering to whatever “Box” they think will best suit their needs at the time.