A prominent British white supremacist has announced that he is renouncing his extremism and is coming out of the closet as a gay man with Jewish ancestry.
Kevin Wilshaw was a leader of the National Front group in the 1980s, frequently spoke at nationalist rallies and was arrested for making racist online statements as recently as this March. But he told Channel 4 that he could no longer stand by his past actions.
Blaming actions on “the Jews” as a group is “the generalization that leads to six million people being deliberately murdered,” he said. He disclosed that his mother was part-Jewish with the maiden name Benjamin.
He also said that because of his sexuality he had “been the recipient of the very hatred of the people I want to belong to … if you’re gay it is acceptable in society but with these group of people it’s not acceptable, and I found on one or two occasions when I was suspected of being gay I was subjected to abuse.”
Channel 4 correspondent Paraic O’Brien wrote that “Mr. Wilshaw admits that being a Nazi who is gay – but with a Jewish background – is a contradiction.”
Wilshaw admitted that he was concerned about stepping aside from a movement that had been so central to his life. “I am going to find it difficult, granted, to fill a void that has occupied my life since childhood,” he said.