Christian says that at 14, he was looking for a place to belong, and when a white supremacist approached him, he thought he found that place.
 
“It was the first time in my life that I felt as though somebody had started to pay attention to me. It didn’t really matter to me what he said to me after that. What mattered to me was that I found a place, and I had felt empowered by this man,” Christian says. “People don’t join hate groups because of the ideology, primarily, at the very beginning. It’s a search for identity, community and purpose.”
 

Hear more of Christian’s story, including what happened that made him renounce his hateful beliefs and turn his life around, in the video above.
 
On Wednesday’s episode of Dr. Phil, “Fighting Antisemitism,” Dr. Phil puts a spotlight on antisemitic hate crimes. Hear from a man who says he was beaten on a New York City street because he is Jewish. Plus, a rabbi weighs in on why he believes hate crimes are on the rise. Check local listings to see where you can watch.

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