Racism is a polarized issue in the United States. It has been for years and seems that it will continue to be one into the near future, as President-Elect Donald Trump is set to take office in just a few short days.
One man has been changing the perspectives and views of many white supremacists and Ku Klux Klan members for years now, and he just convinced about 200 of them to leave the organization.
Daryl Davis, an African-American musician, has spent the last three decades of his life touring the United States.
He plays blues and country music, mostly, and has met countless people because of his musical ability. Davis became enamored with all of the different people he met on his travels to the point that he began to seek out these meetings--particularly with white supremacists. It became somewhat of a hobby for him to sit down and chat with these folks.
“Music absolutely played a massive role in bridging many gaps in the racial divides I would encounter,” said Daryl.
Almost 20 years ago, Davis wrote a book titled Klan-destine Relationships: A Black Man’s Odyssey in the Ku Klux Klan. While he worked to finish this book, Davis met numerous white supremacists and members of the KKK, some of which are still his friends today.
He would ask them questions and they would give him answers, but they never ever cared to get Daryl’s opinions on anything.
As Daryl continued to spend time with these people, that attitude started to shift. Davis distinctly remembers the day when he asked a member of the KKK a question and not only did he give an answer, but he followed up with his own question: “But what do you think, Daryl?”
“It’s a wonderful thing when you see a light bulb pop on in their heads or they call you and tell you they are quitting,” said Daryl. “I never set out to convert anyone in the Klan,” said Daryl.
“I just set out to get an answer to my question…”
”How can you hate me when you don’t even know me?”
Davis’ incredible story is now being made into a documentary film, called Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America.
You can see a trailer of the upcoming film below!
Be sure to share Daryl’s story with friends and loved ones who would love to read about the man who is challenging concepts of racism and changing the world.
h/t Inspire More