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Life after hate: Reformed skinhead hopes to inspire others

(KMOV.com) -- Arno Michaelis spent seven years as a white supremacist skinhead.  Now he is on a mission to show that there is “Life After Hate” for skin-heads and other racists.

Michaelis still bears some of the marks of his past; one of his remaining tattoos is a swastika on his finger.

Michaelis stated that reaction of an African-American employee at a fast food restaurant helped him to start to change his outlook on life.

Michaelis explained, “She looked me right in the eye and she said ‘I know you’re a better person than that.  That’s not who you are.’ I was really kind of disconcerted.  It was hard when black people were kind to me when I was trying to hate them.”

While Michaelis said that no single episode in his life caused him to hate non-Whites, he says his abusive childhood is partly to blame. 

Now a member of the “Life After Hate” group, he not only changed his life but hopes to inspire others. 

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