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Former skinhead speaks out about hate groups
BEAUMONT - From Anti-Defamation League
Frank Meeink became a skinhead at thirteen. By eighteen he was a racist skinhead leader and neo-Nazi recruiter, with gangs that would beat people and videotape their torture. He was arrested and sent to prison for three years.
Watch KFDM News at 6 for more on the story, including our interview with the former skinhead. During the seminar, organizers played portions of KFDM anchor/investigative reporter Megan Dillard's series 'Lured, Corrupted and Killed' during which she investigated violent hate groups that operate inside and outside prison.
In prison he befriended men he used to think he hated, men of different races. Out of prison, Meeink tried to rejoin his skinhead pals, but couldn't bring himself to hate those he knew to be his friends.
The Oklahoma City bombing made Meeink realize he had to do something to stop hate groups. He has worked with the FBI and educates people who could fall prey to skinhead doctrine and their insidious way of recruitment. He is often threatened, but is committed to speaking out against all hate groups.
The Anti-Defamation League's (ADL's) Edith and Sidney Goldensohn Initiative to fight anti-Semitism, and ADL's Coalition for Mutual Respect, in partnership with the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Texas brings Frank Meeink to Beaumont to speak to law enforcement, city officials, educators and the greater community from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 25 at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 3920 West Cardinal Drive, Beaumont, TX 77705. Media are invited to cover this presentation.
The program will feature opening remarks from U.S. Attorney Malcolm Bales, and will be moderated by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Ross.
In addition to ADL's Edith and Sidney Goldensohn Initiative to fight anti-Semitism, ADL's Coalition for Mutual Respect, and the U.S. Attorney's Office, event sponsors include: Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Beaumont's First Baptist Church, Beaumont Police Department, 100 Black Men of Greater Beaumont, Calder Baptist Church, Catholic Diocese of Beaumont, Christian Fellowship Worship Center, DEA-Beaumont, Douglas Memorial CME Church, FBI Beaumont, First Christian Church of Beaumont, First United Methodist Beaumont, IEA-Inspire, Encourage, Achieve, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, LULAC Council 4410-Beaumont, Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church, McCabe Roberts Avenue United Methodist Church, NAACP Beaumont, St. Andrews Presbyterian, St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Unity of Southeast Texas, Temple Emanuel, Trinity United Methodist Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints