Violent skinhead Bryon Widner’s face, neck, and hands were covered with intimidating, racist tattoos. Then he began a series of painful and extensive laser tattoo removal procedures – twenty-five treatments over the course of more than a year and a half. But the tattoo removal was just the outward sign of an inner transformation. Erasing Hate chronicles both in a film that presents a first-person look inside the dark world of racist skinheads, yet offers hope in the story of one man’s escape from a life of violence, addiction, and bigotry. For sixteen years, Bryon Widner was a racist skinhead. In skinhead circles, he was known as a heavy drinker and a pit bull – the enforcer who was quick to violence. And while many skinheads are known for brandishing tattoos, Bryon’s appearance was especially menacing. Among his multitude of facial tattoos was an image of blood dripping from a straight edge razor (Bryon’s weapon of choice). But most prominent on his face was a giant arrow extending below and above his eye. The tattoo signifies the willingness to kill for the white race. Bryon met Julie at Nordicfest 2006, a white power music festival. They soon married and Bryon became an instant father to Julie’s four children. Part of what drew Bryon and Julie together was a common bond – both were becoming disenchanted with what they saw as hypocrisy in the white power movement. Julie soon gave birth to Bryon’s first biological child, a son named Tyrson. Bryon quickly realized he couldn’t raise his son around the white power movement. He slowly withdrew from his skinhead mates. Family became his priority. Finally, Bryon was presented an ultimatum by his skinhead gang – us or them. Bryon chose his family. But escaping the white power movement is not easy. Bryon and Julie faced death threats and constant harassment. Bryon and Julie packed up the family and fled from Michigan to Tennessee to start a new life. But it hasn’t been easy. Bryon remains haunted by the cruelty he showed to others. His tattoos are a constant reminder of his brutal past. And Bryon’s heavily inked face and neck make it nearly impossible to find work and support his family.
Dauer: 45:00 | Größe: 1400 MB | Sprache: Deutsch | Format: h264 | Uploader: liebeskraft
Dauer: 45:00 | Größe: 3200 MB | Sprache: Englisch | Format: h264 | Uploader: liebeskraft