A man who spent 40 years as an active member of the white supremacist movement has announced to the U.K.’s Channel 4 News that he’s a gay Jew and disavowing neo-Nazism.
“After a lifetime of involvement with the far-right, Kevin Wilshaw announces on Channel 4 News that he is leaving the movement — at the same time publicly coming out as gay,” reports Channel 4.
Wilshaw spoke at white supremacist events earlier this year and is known for his organizing during the 1980s at National Front, a far-right U.K. political party.
He fessed up to being violent during his time in the movement, “but not unprovoked.” “In a by-election in Leeds, I smashed a chair over someone’s head,” said Wilshaw. According to Channel 4, the former neo-Nazi “was arrested for vandalising a mosque in Aylesbury in the early 1990s — and in March this year he was arrested for online race hate offences.”
“She was part Jewish,” Wilshaw said of his mother, “maiden name was Benjamin, we have Jewish blood on that side.”
He also explained how he came to hate “the Jews.”
“That term ‘the Jews’ is the global faceless mass of people you can’t personalise it, not individuals. That’s the generalisation that leads to 6 million people being deliberately murdered,” he said.