Walking Away from Hate
Our Journey through Extremism
As a troubled teen, Lauren Manning sought refuge online in the angry world of black metal music. When she met a recruiter who offered her the acceptance she craved, the doctrine of white supremacy supplanted the values of her middle-class upbringing, and Lauren traded suburbia for a life of violence and criminality on the streets of Toronto.
Told from the viewpoint of both mother and daughter, Walking Away from Hate chronicles Lauren’s descent into extremism, her life within the movement and her ultimate reconnection with the family she once denounced and the mother who refused to give up on her.
At a time when white supremacy and other forms of extremism are resurgent in both Canada and the US, Walking Away from Hate provides a candid insider’s view from a uniquely female perspective.
Jeanette Manning is active in the writer’s community of Durham region and was the recipient of a 2019 Writescape scholarship. She now volunteers with Life After Hate, a non-profit organization helping people escape extremism.
After a difficult period of self-deradicalization, Lauren Manning works as an outreach specialist with Life After Hate. She welcomes opportunities to share her story and has been interviewed by researchers and media across North America. Both mother and daughter live in Whitby, Ontario.