Testimonials Students

Learning and speaking with TM Garret ended up being one of the most impactful moments of my college career. His presence at our event, “Two Days Against hate” at Appalachian State University, solidified our message that we wanted to deliver to our campus regarding the toxicity of spreading and creating hate. His story really helped our audience to realize how much of an impact we can really have on a community and what we can do to help strengthen people and stop hate.

– Koby Ellick, Alpha Epsilon Pi – Appalachian State University

“This was very powerful because we were walked through what caused TM Garret to go down a path of hate. TM made an excellent point about handling these situations. TM made it clear that even when he is talking to a white supremacist, he greets them with love and not anger. This creates an environment that welcomes people and doesn’t push them away. TM has a mindset of talking with people, showing them where their logic is flawed, and supporting that with how his reasoning was faulty. I believe this is a crucial aspect of combating terrorism and violent acts. We are all humans, and we all have aspects of ourselves that are flawed.”

– Anonymous university student

“I have also completely changed the way I see far-right extremists. TM Garret was a neo-Nazi and a KKK leader, but with some exposure to diversity and being forced to face his fears, he is now an activist fighting against the groups he was once a part of. These extremists are not inherently evil people, rather they are a product of environment in which they were raised and where they were able to find identity. If the leader of a KKK group can change, anyone can.”

– Anonymous university student


“hearing from TM Garret was incredibly interesting and insightful on how one man radicalized and eventually was the leader of a German branch of the KKK. Building off of learning about TM Garret’s experience of de-radicalizing I believe that the best methods of countering terrorism are geared towards the individuals at risk themselves.”

– Anonymous university student


“TM Garret’s presentation was by far the most impactful experience I had. Deradicalization was not something I had given much thought to previously, but Mr. Garret’s journey and story was incredibly impactful both personally and academically. My way of thinking about individuals who directly engage with radicalism essentially flipped after listening to Mr. Garret, and I have never had such a fundamental perspective change in a classroom setting. The information I learned from Mr. Garret and about deradicalization in general helped me better understand the issues of media and terrorism, and I think that it will also aid me to be compassionate, forgiving, and understanding in several other situations.”

– Anonymous university student

“by listening to people like TM Garret, I was exposed to a firsthand account of just how intense and important this topic is. I bring up TM Garret because I believe the type of work he is doing is the quintessential example of what needs to be done to combat this complex media war. Hopefully, the work he is doing will lead to many more people like him to exist in this world and slowly the spread of hatred can be stalled and hopefully stopped.”

– Anonymous university student

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