Former Nazi TM Garret uses his story to advocate for compassion to combat hate

Staff photo by Wyatt Massey / Former Nazi and Ku Klux Klan leader TM Garret speaks at Brainerd Baptist Church on Jan 8, 2020 about his journey away from hate and into human rights advocacy.

After years of leading a white supremacist group and the Ku Klux Klan in Germany, TM Garret is in the business of compassion. His work now focuses on creating connections - such as getting people who think and look differently to interact face-to-face - at a time when everyone is too quick to dehumanize the other, he said.

In events in Chattanooga spanning two days, Garret is sharing his journey of entering the neo-Nazi movement and Ku Klux Klan in Europe and his path away from hate and into human rights work. On Wednesday evening, Garret spoke to dozens of people at Brainerd Baptist Church. On Thursday, he will continue the conversation at St.