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Former Neo-Nazi Removes Racist Tattoos Thanks To 'Unlikely Friendship'

Former Neo-Nazi Removes Racist Tattoos Thanks To 'Unlikely Friendship'

A former neo-Nazi has had his swastika tattoos removed after becoming friends with his black probation worker.

Michael Kent, who was part of a violent white supremacist group, previously had a swastika tattoo on his chest and the white supremacist motto 'white pride' inked on his back - however, he now says his views have changed completely. Watch the video below:

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His deeply-ingrained racist views were shaken when black parole officer Tiffany Whittier, 45, was assigned to his case.

Thirty-eight-year-old Kent tells ABC News: "If it wasn't for her I would have seeped back into it. I would think of her more like family.

"I was a member of a skinhead group, a very violent group," he explains.

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"My first racial tattoo was 'white pride' and I got two swastikas - one on my chest.

After describing his tattoos, Kent goes on to explain the story behind why he had them removed.

"This is kind of a good story, but an odd story," he says.

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"I got my caseload transferred to a black woman.

"She just marched up to my house and if it wasn't for her I probably would've been deep back into it."

Kent tells the news outlet that when Whittier first came round to his house, he had a Nazi flag up on his wall and she told him: "You need to take that crap down and start putting up more positive stuff, so that when you wake up, you see positive stuff instead of hate".

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Kent's tattoos were removed at Fallen Heroes tattoo studio in Colorado, in partnership with non-profit Redemption Ink, which removes hate tattoos free of charge.

He explains that he is now working on a chicken farm in Colorado where the majority of his co-workers are Hispanic.

"Before all this, I wouldn't work for anybody or with anybody who wasn't white," he says.

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"Now, out of 13 people that work with me, I'm the only white person there."

Speaking about his friendship with Whittier, Kent adds: "She gave me the strength and the courage to do what I'm doing and change my life."

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Michael Minay

Mike Minay is a trending journalist at LADbible. He’s co-ordinated interviews with some of the big names from the world of news and sport including ITV’s Robert Peston, Sky Sports’ Jeff Stelling and darts champion Michael van Gerwen. His reporting days began on University radio in Birmingham, before moving to BBC Sport Online – creating content for large events such as Wimbledon and the FA Cup final. Mike still commentates on Football League matches at the weekend. A Manchester LAD at heart.

 

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