(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.