I was a neo-Nazi until I fell in love with a black woman

 

Angela King changed her views after falling in love with a Jamaican woman while incarcerated. Picture: Supplied

Natalie O’NeillNew York Post

SHE was a violent neo-Nazi, until she fell in love with a black woman.

A former white supremacist from South Florida learned love trumps hate when an unexpected prison romance with a Jamaican woman helped bust through her vile racism, she told BBC magazine in an article published on Tuesday.

“We realised we had fallen in love with each other. We were like, ‘How on Earth did this happen?’” the former skinhead, Angela King, said of her jaw-dropping transition.

King — whose story is American History X meets Orange Is the New Black — said a loyal group of Jamaican inmates protected her behind bars before she eventually fell for her cellmate.

Once a white supremacist gang member, King was sent to the slammer because she and her friend robbed and pistol-whipped a Jewish adult video shop clerk, she told BBC.

“I had tattoos all over my body. I had Vikings tattooed on my chest, a swastika on my middle finger and ‘Sieg Heil’ on the inside of my bottom lip, which was the Hitler salute,” King said of herself at age 23.

“I joined the [gang] because they accepted my violence and anger without question,” she confessed.

One night in 1998, King and other gang members got drunk at a bar and went on a violent rampage, she said. She beat up a woman in the bathroom — and they sped off to rob the adult video shop, she said.

“We drove around all pumped up and started talking about what a race war would be like in the US,” she said. “We talked about how it was OK to hurt people who aren’t like us and we decided to go and find a place to rob.”

King was later sent to a federal detention centre in Miami, where she became unlikely friends with the Jamaican woman, she said.

“I was in the recreation area smoking when a Jamaican woman said to me, ‘Hey, do you know how to play cribbage?’” she said, referring to the card game.

She didn’t. But the woman taught her to play and they eventually become close, breaking through the racial barriers of prison groups. Soon, she was “in” with the Jamaican gals.

When an article about her court case was printed in the local newspaper — threatening to make her a target behind bars — one of the women hid it to protect her, she recalled.

“I hadn’t really known any people of colour before, but here were these women who asked me difficult questions but treated me with compassion,” King said.

King’s viking themed tattoos. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

But later she was moved to a prison in Tallahassee, Florida, where a different Jamaican woman immediately began to pick on her, she said.

“People said she had been in violent gangs and was a real badass. One day as I passed, she asked: ‘How do you even get to be like that?’” she said, referring to her former life as a neo-Nazi.

Instead of fighting, “I stopped and answered her as fully and honestly as I could.”

The two women talked and realised they had had similar rough lives on the streets. Over time, they became friends, cellmates — and eventually lovers.

It was the first serious gay relationship either of them had ever had, she said.

“We spent a lot of time together talking and shared a cell for a while. It got quite serious but we had to keep it secret,” she said.

The romance eventually faded — but it forced her to open her mind and shed her stereotypes about black people, she said.

King was released from prison in 2001, enrolled in community college and joined Life After Hate, a group of former members of the radicalised American far right who aim to educate.

These days, current events — including white nationalist rallies and hate crimes — trigger memories of the bad old days, she admitted.

“Current events can bring up guilt and shame,” King said. “We are busier than ever,” she said of the group.

King is having her old racist tattoos removed with lasers, she said.

A new tattoo on her wrist reads: “Love is the only solution.”

Source:The New York Post.

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McCain knocks Trump for being ‘often poorly informed’ and ‘impulsive’

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., took a sharp dig at President Trump in an op-ed published Thursday night urging Congress to take respectful action when lawmakers reconvene from recess next week.

“Congress must govern with a president who has no experience of public office, is often poorly informed and can be impulsive in his speech and conduct,” the 2008 Republican presidential nominee wrote in the Washington Post.

“We must respect his authority and constitutional responsibilities. We must, where we can, cooperate with him,” McCain cautioned. “But we are not his subordinates. We don’t answer to him. We answer to the American people. We must be diligent in discharging our responsibility to serve as a check on his power. And we should value our identity as members of Congress more than our partisan affiliation.”

The larger point of the op-ed was to make a call for Republican leadership to return Congress to “regular order.” He urged a more bottom-up approach to legislating, letting committees draft bills and the full Senate amend them before the final vote.

That would stand in stark contrast to how the GOP handled its push to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. In a dramatic late-night vote, McCain and Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Susan Collins, R-Maine, cast the decisive votes to sinkthe repeal legislation, which was being rapidly pushed through Congress by party leaders.

Trump and McCain have had a tumultuous relationship for some time. During his 2016 campaign, Trump infamously dismissed McCain’s widely heralded war record, and the veteran Arizona lawmaker repeatedly took issue with Trump’s inflammatory remarks.

McCain was among the Republicans who withdrew support from Trump’s candidacy last year after the release of the 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape, in which the celebrity business mogul could be heard boasting about groping and forcibly touching women.

McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will return to the Senate next week, his office said. He underwent treatments for brain cancer during the August recess. The Associated Press reported that he’s expected to lead a Senate debate on defense-policy legislation.

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Brad Pitt apologies to Jennifer Aniston for leaving her for Angelina Jolie — Welcome to Barbrah Musamba Chama Mumba’s Blog

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L’Oréal’s first transgender model fired after decrying the ‘racial violence of white people’

L’Oréal Paris dropped its first transgender model after she made controversial comments about institutional racism.

“L’Oréal champions diversity. Comments by Munroe Bergdorf are at odds with our values and so we have decided to end our partnership with her,” the company said on Twitter.

The Daily Mail reported that Munroe Bergdorf, a 29-year-old model from London with Jamaican heritage, had made comments on Facebook about racism, though the comments do not appear on her page.

“Honestly I don’t have energy to talk about the racial violence of white people any more. Yes ALL white people,” she reportedly said. “Because most of ya’ll don’t even realise or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of colour. Your entire existence is drenched in racism… Come see me when you realise that racism isn’t learned, it’s inherited and consciously or unconsciously passed down through privilege.”

Bergdorf has since said on Facebook that the remarks were taken out of context and that she was specifically speaking about the violence out of Charlottesville.

“When I stated that ‘all white people are racist’, I was addressing that fact that western society as a whole, is a system rooted in white supremacy – designed to benefit, prioritise and protect white people before anyone of any other race,” she said.

Some supporters have applauded Bergdorf for her stance.

 

 

 

This is not the first time Bergdorf had spoken openly about racism.  In an Instagram post from earlier this summer she wrote:

We live in a society built to covertly uphold white supremacy and maintain whiteness as the majority in positions of power, perpetuate western beauty ideals, whitewash history and gatekeep opportunities and housing. This is NOT equality. If you are white and not actively and conciously working to dismantle white supremacy, then you are part of the problem.”

 

Its baby girl for Serena

 

Serena Williams just welcomed her first child … a baby girl!!!

The tennis superstar gave birth to a 6-pound, 13-ounce girl … according to ESPN.Venus Williams moments before her U.S. Open match Friday reportedly told the network, “Obviously I’m super excited. Words can’t describe.”

Serena had been admitted to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Palm Beach, FL on Wednesday and was induced on Thursday.

Serena and Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian got engaged last December after dating for about a year. Alexis is also a first-time daddy.

TMZ

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