A repentant ex-skinhead in Canada believes that the white supremacist rhetoric coming from United States President Donald Trump is growing racist movements across North America.
Brad Galloway broke away from the skinhead movement in Canada after 13-years and told the Toronto Star, "the guy down south there is enabling this stuff, I believe, by allowing it to be normalized.”
“The movement is growing because of the normalized message coming from the United States,” he says. “It’s so often that people are latching on to this.”
Galloway now works with the organization Life After Hate to prevent others from following his path into organized bigotry. Galloway is featured in a new Canadian Broadcasting Corporation documentary Skinhead, which premiers on Sunday.
Galloway's Volksfront gang in Canada originated in Portland, Oregon and he sees a similar trend now developing as bigotry from America again crosses the border. The Canadian documentary Skinhead even features a Donald Trump campaign rally.
The documentary also notes how the U.S. Ku Klux Klan (KKK) spread north to several Canadian provinces in the 1910s.
There is a worry that Trump valorizing white supremacy could eventually bring further violence to Canada, such as the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“They're heavily armed, they're trained in military tactics and have very rigorous training. That really worries me,” hate crime research Dr. Barbara Perry explained. “You combine that with the street patrols they're engaging in, and that's just a recipe for disaster.”
Watch a trailer for the Skinhead documentary airing Sunday on CBC: