Michael Kent was a former neo-Nazi. Now, one of his best friends is his parole officer, Tiffany Whittier, an African American woman.
According to Kent, it's because of his relationship with Whittier that he was able to see past his people's skin color and ultimately, his belief in white supremacy.
For Kent, there's no going back. So he set up an appointment with Redemption Ink, a non-profit that removes or covers up hate related tattoos for people who have turned over a new leaf.
Kent attributes his newfound outlook on life to Whittier: "If it wasn't for her, I would have seeped back into it. I look at her as family." Kent not only removed his tats, but also the Nazi flags in his home. He's replaced them all with smiley faces so he can "wake up" and "smile."
For Whittier, it was all persistence and understanding.
"I’m not here to judge him. That’s not my job to judge. My job is to be that positive person in someone’s life."
Kent's currently working on a chicken farm now in Colorado, where nearly everyone he works with is Hispanic, which is a huge change.
"Before all this, I wouldn’t work for anybody or with anybody that wasn’t white. [Now] we have company parties, or they have quinceañeras, I’m the only white guy there!"
After cutting ties with the violent, Neo Nazi group he was a part of in Arizona, Kent hopes he can raise his two children to not have hate in their hearts and see the world differently than he did.
"I don’t want my kids to live the life I lived and live with hate. I want my kids to know me for who I am now—a good father, a hard worker, and a good provider."
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