Erasing Hate goes inside the dark world of racism to follow the story of reformed white power skinhead Bryon Widner who is having hate tattoos removed from his face while on the road to redemption.
Widner first became a skinhead at the young age of 14 and had spent more than half of his life roaming with racist organizations before co-founding the Vinlanders Social Club. A hate group that was notorious across the United States for its use of excessive violence.
But in 2006 when Widner got married and had a son, the responsibility of being a father gave the former skinhead the desire to reform and quit the racist movement. When the former leader left the club, he endured years of death threats and harassment while attempting to start a new life.
His attempt at turning his life around was not going to be easy, and his efforts were curtailed by violent and racist tattoos that covered most of his face.
His wife feared that Widner would go to any length to remove his tattoos, even immersing his face in acid. So she took action and contacted the Southern Poverty Law Center who agreed to help the former hate group leader on his quest to change his life.
After a $35,000 anonymous donation and two years of excruciatingly painful cosmetic surgery procedures, Widner finally had all his tattoos removed.