Tag: White Supremacy

Episode 109: Love Will Always Triumph Over Hate… includes replay of conversation with Chris Singleton

My heart is heavy in the wake of another senseless evil act carried out this week by someone who allowed hate to overtake them. The world in which we live is a dark place, and it is up to each and every one of us as individuals whether we want to be a light in that darkness, or be a contributor to the darkness. Human beings, by their very nature, are broken. We are imperfect in so many ways, but we still have the ability to be a light to combat the darkness. IT IS A CHOICE!
Nothing good comes of hate, and you cannot battle hate with more hate. It has never and will never work. For a very long time I struggled greatly with the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”, and at times I still do. There are many injustices in this earthly world in which we live, both real and perceived, depending on your mindset, and often times people allow those injustices to breed much hatred. Hatred will never be the way forward, it will never lead to a positive outcome, so we must ensure that Love Will Always Triumph Over Hate.
This week I talk briefly about the heinous and evil act that took place at the Tops Grocery in Buffalo, NY., how that lead to my thinking of my conversation with Chris Singleton back in episode 86. I also talk about Eschatology, a topic our Pastor discussed in a recent sermon. I have decided to include in this episode the conversation portion of episode 86 with my friend and incredible inspiration in terms of love and inspiration, Chris Singleton. Thank you in advance for taking the time to listen and share another episode of the Derate The Hate podcast

Episode 86: Forgiveness is Your Path Forward, Love is Stronger Than Hate… with Chris Singleton

Friends of the Derate the Hate podcast know that I love stories of those who triumph over adversity, and those who persevere through the toughest times in life to come out on the other side and start their own journey towards bettering the world. Being able to forgive is not something that comes easily to everyone, and to some people, it comes as a total surprise when it happens, but it’s forgiveness that often times provides us with a path forward.

This week’s guest, Chris Singleton, is a former minor league baseball player drafted by the Chicago Cubs. He became a nationally-renowned speaker with a message of resilience, forgiveness and unity following the loss of his mother in the 2015 Mother Emanuel Church mass shooting in Charleston, SC. Chris now shares his message with over 50 organizations and 30,000 students annually. His clients include: Boeing, The Houston Texans, Microsoft, Biogen, Volvo, The Washington Wizards and over 100,000 students and educators across the world. One of his children’s books, Different – A Story About Loving Your Neighbor, was a best seller in its category and has been featured by numerous outlets, including The Obama Foundation.

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!!