Your political views have obviously changed over the years. What are your views now as compared to what they were?

I am a hard line independent now, I was extreme right then — not normal far right, but for an all white Christian-only America with a government dedicated to protecting the country and our values from infiltration by other races and religions.

How do you view the political process?

I am fascinated now to see how similar the world of politics in the US is to the world of gangs.  It’s not enough for our politicians to label themselves Democrat or Republican — they have to wear a blue or a red tie, our states are classified as red states and blue states.  They are all wearing gang colors, and our country is represented as a turf map, red vs. blue — it’s like the Bloods and the Crips. I used to use the state of politics to motivate gang members and divide “us” from “them”; now I see how political parties and the media use the methodology of gangs to divide and motivate the country. It’s not enough to be loyal to your gang, you have to hate all the other gangs.

In this analogy, who are the gang king pins? Who are the foot soldiers?

Or for sure, the king pins are the lobbyists. You would think it would be the president; or the people, but the lobbyists and special interest groups are the baller shot callers, they control every law and policy that is passed. Everything they do is motivated by profit, the bottom line. The politicians and the media are the foot soldiers/drug peddlers, working their states like a dealer works his corner — selling people what they want to hear, convincing them that this new brand of drug is what they REALLY need, when ultimately it is just lining pockets up the chain of command. We’re the bitches. We buy what they sell, get hooked on their rhetoric, and fight each other to protect our colors and turf.

Speaking of drugs, you used to have a drug problem. Does our country need an intervention?

One of the lowest points in my life was when a bunch of active crackheads felt compelled to give ME an intervention because they were worried about my “unhealthy choices.”  We have a bunch of unstable television pundits, addicted to fame and so desperate for their next hit that they spin issues out of thin air, telling us that we’re in danger as a result of the choices we’ve made through our democratic process. They tell us what to think and what to say.  We’re so convinced that arguing with each other is empowering that we actually listen to these people, instead of deciding for ourselves what is good or bad, or if we even care.  We need to step back and realize what a low point that is for all of us. Anytime you’re looking to the crackheads for advice, its time to re-evaluate.

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FRANK MEEINK is the author of Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead, co-authored by Jody M. Roy, Ph.D. Frank’s violent childhood in South Philadelphia primed him to hate. By sixteen, Frank was one of the most notorious skinhead gang leaders on the East Coast. By eighteen, he was doing hard time in an Illinois prison. Shortly after being paroled, Frank defected from the white supremacy movement. The Oklahoma City bombing inspired him to try to stop the hatred he once had felt. He began speaking on behalf of the Anti-Defamation League and appeared on MTV and other national networks in his efforts to stop the hate. In time, Frank partnered with the Philadelphia Flyers to launch an innovative hate prevention program called Harmony Through Hockey. He is currently developing a similar program as Director of Fan Development for the Iowa Chops, an AHL team affiliated with the Anaheim Ducks. He has been on the national lecture circuit for nearly a decade, speaking to various groups on the topic of racial diversity and acceptance. Meeink starred in The Experiment with Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker, Janie Jones, Elisabeth Shue and Abigail Breslin. This is his first book.

5 responses to “Frank Meeink: The TNB Self-Interview”

  1. sal says:

    Jesus Christ

  2. sheree says:

    This book just went on my list of books to read.
    Thanks again TNB!

  3. sheree says:

    I just had to come back and read this again.
    I was really tired when I read it last night.
    I find your honesty invigorating.
    I cannot wait to get my hands on your book and consume every single word like a feast.

  4. Becky Palapala says:

    I wish it were as easy to identify the metaphorical crack heads as it is (or I assume it is) to identify the real ones.

    Politically, it seems to me at least, people are unable to identify, unwilling to admit, and/or uninterested in agreeing on who the crack heads are.

  5. Erika Rae says:

    This is a thought-provoking analogy. What a perspective!

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