Ken Parker, a former grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, marched on the White nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. in 2017. Now, in keeping with NBC Information, the Florida man denounced hate teams after partaking with a Punjabi/Pashtun director and a Black pastor.
Parker first joined the Klan in 2012 whereas residing in Georgia. He wore a inexperienced gown and by no means hid his face as a result of he “stood for what he believed in.” After years of recruiting new members to the group, Parker mentioned it was time to “rise up for my white race,” and determined to march on the first Unite the Proper rally.
After the occasion was declared illegal, Parker suffered from “warmth exhaustion” and was helped by Deeyah Khan, a filmmaker who produced the documentary, White Proper: Assembly the Enemy, in regards to the occasion. Regardless of the person’s racist views, Khan rose above and made positive he was nicely.
“She was fully respectful to me and my fiancée the entire time,” Parker mentioned. “And in order that type of bought me considering: She’s a very nice girl. Simply because she’s bought darker pores and skin and believes in a unique god than the god I consider in, why am I hating these folks?”
Months after the rally, he started to rethink a few of his bigoted views. It wasn’t till Parker met his neighbor and pastor William McKinnon III, who invited the neo-nazi to Easter service, that his thoughts modified fully. The next month he testified in entrance of the African-American congregation.
“I mentioned I used to be a grand dragon of the KKK, after which the Klan wasn’t hateful sufficient for me, so I made a decision to turn out to be a Nazi,” Parker recounted. “However after the service, not a single one in all them had something unfavourable to say. They’re all arising and hugging me and shaking my hand, you realize, constructing me up as an alternative of tearing me down.”
He was baptized in entrance of these very folks on July 21. Earlier this month, he underwent laser elimination for his swastika, accomplice flag and KKK tattoos.
Parker apologized for spreading racist ideologies. He additionally urged others to depart hate teams as a result of they’re solely “throwing” their lives away.
One yr in the past this man was marching in Charlottesville. In the present day, his life has taken a dramatic twist towards religion, with the assistance of a black pastor. @MorganRadford has his story tonight on @NBCNightlyNews. pic.twitter.com/4f6GEezSvc
— NBC Nightly Information with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) August 10, 2018