My thanks to The Post for the Oct. 16 front-page article “The white flight of Derek Black.” In a political season when all the news seems to be full of hate, I was expecting yet another hate-filled story regarding the white supremacist movement. Instead, I read a story of great love.
Many of us develop opinions as we mature that differ from those of our parents. What made this story amazing and touching was the friendship extended to Mr. Black by Matthew Stevenson, a fellow student who invited Mr. Black to weekly Shabbat meals, aware of Mr. Black’s supremacist activities and thinking maybe he had “never spent time with a Jewish person before.” Likewise, the love Mr. Black continues to extend to his family despite their now very different views on race in the United States and despite the anger and rejection of him by some of his family members was inspiring, as was the love Mr. Black and his father still have for each other despite their struggle to understand each other’s views.
How easy it would have been for all parties involved to simply shun each other, as is so often the case.
Polly Saul, Alexandria
Kudos on th e in-depth article on the transformation of former “white nationalism” proponent Derek Black. The detailed chronicle of how Mr. Black took it upon himself to move from condemning to understanding and valuing “the other” was moving. I hope his journey from learned hate to authentic respect was instructional, if not inspirational, for those who walk the former path — or who support a presidential candidate who does. Mr. Black’s courage is to be emulated.
Paulette Lee, Silver Spring
After being bombarded by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s message of anti-intellectualism and hatred for more than a year, I was relieved to read the amazing and absorbing story of Derek Black’s journey from ignorance to enlightenment. It gives one peace just to know he’s out there. Thanks to Mr. Black for his courage and his seemingly endless quest for knowledge. Thanks to The Post for telling us about a mind’s renaissance. It was, for me, an inspiration.
Lynn White, Germantown