The story of an ordinary family’s descent into the dark world of white supremacy, and how love ultimately triumphed over hate.
As a troubled teen, Lauren Manning sought refuge online in the angry world of black metal music. When she met a recruiter who offered her the acceptance she craved, the doctrine of white supremacy supplanted the values of her middle-class upbringing, and Lauren traded suburbia for a life of violence and criminality on the streets of Toronto.
Told from the viewpoint of both mother and daughter, Walking Away from Hate chronicles Lauren’s descent into extremism, her life within the movement and her ultimate reconnection with the family she once denounced and the mother who refused to give up on her.
At a time when white supremacy and other forms of extremism are resurgent around the world, Walking Away from Hate provides a candid insider’s view from a uniquely female perspective.
About the authors
Jeanette Manning is active in the Writer's Community of Durham Region, the recipient of a 2019 Writescape scholarship and a volunteer with Life After Hate, a non—profit dedicated to helping people escape extremism. After a difficult period of self—deradicalization, Lauren Manning works in the construction industry and as an outreach specialist with Life After Hate. She welcomes opportunities to share her story. Both mother and daughter live in Whitby, Ontario.
Bold, courageous, and brutally honest. The unbearable near-tragedies of this girl’s journey and her mother’s terror hounded me long after the last page was turned. Donna Morrissey
While the juxtaposition of two worlds is a central theme of this mother/daughter story, equally powerful are the insights into how white extremist thinking is fostered in the young. Midwest Review of Books
...a brave book, suffused in unwavering honesty. LoveReading UK