Nearly a thousand people will gather in Surrey this week for an anti-racism forum, and one of the featured speakers is a former White Supremacist.
Tony McAleer is a former organizer for the White Aryan Resistance and is now executive director of “Life After Hate.”
He says what we’re seeing more of in society is a lack of compassion for each other.
“Everybody thinks they have the moral authority to dehumanize their foe, or their enemy, or whomever and I don’t think we ever have the authority to dehumanize people.”
McAleer says there’s been a significant rise in the Alt-Right movement globally.
“There’s just two camps dehumanizing each other, everybody is being dehumanized in the U.S., the right is dehumanizing the left and the left is dehumanizing the right.”
He warns that Metro Vancouver’s not immune to such behaviour.
Take for instance, he says, election signs vandalized with racist graffiti.