Elisa Hategan was sixteen when she became a poster girl for the Heritage Front, Canada's most powerful white supremacist groups in the '90s. Rapidly groomed into an extremist, Hategan, a clean-cut teen who immigrated from then-communist Romania, recruited others to join the escalating campaign of terror. Two years later, she was forced to confront her decisions as she grappled with her sexual orientation, and helped shut the organization down, putting one of its leaders, Wolfgang Droege, in jail.

Today, Hategan says the problem is online recruitment and hate speech are difficult to shut down, and that white supremacy has evolved "from the boots to the suits" driven in large part by the rise of the so-called alt-right.

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