Screenshot/“Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America”
There are many headlines in the news today about fighting white supremacy and the Ku Klux Klan with violence.
However, decades ago 58-year-old Blues musician Daryl Davis learned the most effective way to get a Klansman to give up his hood: friendship.
Daryl Davis has a unique hobby.
In his spare time, he befriends white supremacists. Lots of them. Hundreds. He goes to where they live. Meets them at their rallies. Dines with them in their homes. He gets to know them because, in his words, “How can you hate me when you don’t even know me? Look at me and tell me to my face why you should lynch me.”
He also is a collector of KKK robes. He collects them as souvenirs when KKK members decide to give up on racism because of his friendship.
Davis, a Christian, has met with white supremacists for three decades. He never …
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